Esports

Former Evil Geniuses CEO Alex Garfield slams new owners after brand revamp

Published: 13/Dec/2019 21:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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There has been a lot of outrage from the esports community aimed at Evil Geniuses following their major brand revamp, and now former CEO Alex Garfield has joined in on the backlash.

Evil Geniuses shook the world of esports on December 12 by announcing a huge revamp of their brand going into 2020 and the new decade.

Part of that overhaul was the creation of a brand new logo that replaced their old one, which was one of the most recognizable and iconic insignia in the history of esports.

However, in the court of public opinion, the organization has been crucified for that decision, as heavy criticism has rained down from fans, pro players, and other organizations alike.

On December 13, their ex-CEO Alex Garfield, who sold EG back in 2014, tweeted out his reaction to the new logo, and it pretty much mirrored what everyone else has been saying up to that point.

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Alex Garfield offers “history lesson” about EG

That post ended up being the first of several tweets in which Garfield expressed his resentments about the direction that the EG owners were taking the company.

“Clearly, some people have forgotten how and why Evil Geniuses came to be in the first place,” he wrote. “And ever more clearly, the story of how and why it came to be where it is now has gone silent for too long.”

In this “history lesson,” as Garfield called it, he went into his regret about who he sold the organization to and how they’re not properly “safeguarding the brand and its legacy.”

“It’s on me for being foolish enough in 2014 to sell my company to somebody who told me that an exit would mean empowerment and not negotiation, but that doesn’t excuse any of the things that happened subsequently.”

“It certainly doesn’t excuse people having selective memories about those things and even trying to sweep them under the rug,” he went on. “Especially those who are currently tasked with safeguarding the brand and its legacy.”

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Evil Geniuses are currently owned by parent group PEAK6 Investments LLC, and their CEO is Nicole LaPointe Jameson.

Neither she nor the organization have offered a direct response to Garfield’s comments, but their official Twitter page did tweet out a parody mocking the logo they had released the day prior to very negative feedback.

Dexerto has reached to Jameson about Alex Garfield’s comments and are currently awaiting a response.

Call of Duty

Call of Duty pro ZooMaa steps down from competing in CDL

Published: 19/Jan/2021 17:37 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 17:47

by Jacob Hale

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New York Subliners SMG star Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparratto has announced that he’s stepping down from competing in professional Call of Duty, just days before the CDL Kickoff Classic brings the league back for the 2021 season.

ZooMaa has a storied career in Call of Duty, and has spent the last year representing his home city of New York under the Subliners, renowned for his no-nonsense yet positive attitude and incredible gameplay.

Arguably one of the best to ever grace the game, the Italian Stallion also represented major organizations such as FaZe Clan throughout his career, winning multiple championships over the years.

Now, on January 19, 2021, ZooMaa has revealed that he will be stepping down from competing in Call of Duty, citing a recurring injury in his thumb and wrist, calling recovering from it “one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally.”

In addition, ZooMaa says that “playing through the weakness and pain in my hand just isn’t possible anymore. I don’t enjoy competing when I can’t be the ZooMaa everyone knows and loves.”

Known for his fast playstyle and often-successful flanks, ZooMaa’s gameplay and the fanfare he generates speak to the kind of player and person he has become, and his legacy is one that will remain in fans’ hearts and minds for a very long time.

In the Twitlonger posted by ZooMaa, it’s painfully clear how much this is affecting him, and were it not for his injuries we would likely be seeing him taking to the main stage once again this year and annoying every opponent he comes up against.

“It breaks my heart to step away from a game I put my heart and soul into every single day for eight years,” he explained. “Tearing up just writing this, but I don’t know what else to do at this point.”

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ZooMaa was about as passionate as they come in the Call of Duty world.

This doesn’t look like the end for ZooMaa in the CoD scene, however. He says: “I’m not sure what the future holds and will explore all options as I love this game too much to walk away completely. I look at it as one door closing and another one opening.”

Where Tommy goes next remains to be seen, but fingers crossed this isn’t the last we see of him.