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Ppd steps down as CEO of Evil Geniuses; Zai departs Dota 2 roster

ppd stepped down as Evil Geniuses CEO, and zai left the Dota 2 roster.
ppd stepped down as Evil Geniuses CEO, and zai left the Dota 2 roster. Photo by Steffe Wunderl/ESL.

Peter “ppd” Dager will step down from as CEO of Evil Geniuses, the organization announced Wednesday.

“Removing myself from the CEO position at Evil Geniuses was a personal decision based entirely on my desires both personally and professionally,” ppd said in a statement. “Over the course of my playing and management career at EG, I have become attached to the organization as well as the countless supporters of our rosters. Leaving EG will be bittersweet, but ultimately I see nothing but a successful future for both myself and the organization I am leaving behind. I want to thank all of the staff and teammates who I have been fortunate to work with over the last four years and will continue to wish them nothing but continued success.”

The announcement follows a previous report that ppd would stepping down as Evil Geniuses’ CEO in order to return as a professional Dota 2 player. Ppd has been a part of the organization since 2014 and became wildly popular during Evil Geniuses’ golden age of Dota.

Additionally, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg will part ways with EG’s active roster. Despite his history with Evil Geniuses (he’s had two stints with the team totaling more than two years), the disappointment from EG’s performance at The International 7 played a large part in his decision.

“This past year has been the most entertaining year of Dota I’ve had, playing with and being part of EG has been a wonderful experience,” Zai said in a statement. “However, after reflecting on the year and this recent TI, I can no longer see myself continuing with the team and hope that this departure will benefit both sides going forward.”

EG’s Dota 2 team manager Philip Aram has been appointed as the new COO of the organization, where he will be “adding extra staff to assist with the management of the company and the Dota roster.”

The organization’s remaining Dota 2 roster consists of Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan, Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora, and Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen.

Cover photo by Steffie Wunderl/ESL, eslgaming.com

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