Evil Geniuses Returns to CSGO, Buys Out NRG

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Evil Geniuses Returns to CSGO, Buys Out NRG

After seven years away from Counterstrike: Global Offensive, one of the OG CS organizations is coming back to the game that started it all.

Evil Geniuses announced their return to CS:GO this morning in a tweet from the team's official Twitter account. The move marks the first time in seven years that EG has had a team in the Counterstrike space, despite being what some would call one of the sport's founding teams.

NRG sold their roster to Evil Geniuses, giving EG a quick ride back into Counterstrike on the back of what is clearly the second-best team in North America. With both a Berlin Major semifinal and a 3rd-4th placement at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, NRG's roster is set up to succeed.

EG CEO Nicole Lapionte Jameson had this to say on the NRG buyout and EG's return to the scene:

It is EG’s 20th year as an esports organization, and a huge part of that legacy is our success in Counter-Strike. I’m elated to be able to guide EG back into victory in that space after some time away; the franchise has proved that it deserves its cemented legacy as a competitive, crowd-pleasing esport.

CS is one of the spaces our fans have asked us to re-enter the most, and we’re happy to bring a touch of Evil back to the scene and its supporters — our roster is extremely enthusiastic to hit the ground running and uphold the EG brand, and we’re going to be putting our best foot forward this weekend.

Interestingly, Evil Geniuses return to Counterstrike might actually provide some weight to the rumors of some sort of franchised Counterstrike: Global Offensive league is set to start in the coming year. EG's pedigree in the scene and the timing of the move lends more credence to the possibility.

As of now, Evil Geniuses roster is as follows:

  • Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
  • Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
  • Ethan “Ethan” Arnold
  • Tarik “tarik” Celik
  • Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
  • Chet “ImAPet” Singh (Coach)

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Nick Johnson
Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_