Report: Evil Geniuses Might Expand to 15 Man CS:GO Roster With Two Academy Teams
The North American esports organization is heading in a new direction.
The 2022 competitive season in CS:GO has been a disaster for Evil Geniuses (EG). Despite signing the Major winning trio of Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip, Timothy "automatic" Ta, and William "RUSH" Wierzba in January, EG has crashed and burned in every tournament they have participated till now.
Starting off with a bootcamp in Europe seems to have had no positive effect on the team, as it failed to qualify for BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022, IEM Dallas 2022, and PGL Antwerp Major 2022.
With the competitive calendar suddenly looking empty for the main EG lineup, reports have surfaced claiming that the North American organization is looking to create a new CS:GO academy division.
According to Dust2.us, EG is in talks with Carpe Diem and though nothing has been finalized so far, the deal is in its final stages of being completed. Additionally, a report by Jaxon adds that EG is also in discussions with Party Astronauts for the same.
Report: Evil Geniuses might expand to a 15 man CS:GO roster following the signing of two academy teams
The North American organization is reportedly taking a different direction in CS:GO following the failure of its main roster. As per reports from multiple sources, EG is allegedly ready to set up a CS:GO academy division which will comprise of two academy teams and is currently in talks with Carpe Diem and Party Astronauts for the same.
Carpe Diem is in advanced discussions with EG, while pen to paper has not been put to any deal yet, the team has reportedly been invited to the team's headquarters in Seattle for a meeting.
Furthermore, supposed information has come to light that EG would like their academy team(s) to join and compete in the WePlay Academy League (WAL).
Unlike the Carpe Diem negotiation, Party Astronauts is still in the very nascent stages of discussion with EG and is highly unlikely to come to fruition anytime soon.
Evil Geniuses expanding towards an academy roster is not too bad of a decision, but having two such teams can be a bit of a problem because only one team associated with a particular organization is allowed to compete in ESL Pro League, ESL Challenger League, and ESEA Cash Cups.
If the reports are true, the organization might have to review its decisions and understanding of the situation in order to prevent conflict of interest when competing in tournaments.