Evil Geniuses and ESL terminate partnership

ESL has announced that its partnership with Evil Geniuses will be terminated after the two parties mutually agreed to end the American organization’s participation in the deal known as the ‘Louvre Agreement.’

The news follows several reports that link EG with an exit from esports as a whole as well as their official withdrawal from another big esports franchise, the League Championship Series (LCS) in League of Legends.

Evil Geniuses have previously parted ways with the majority of the Counter-Strike roster in recent weeks. Jadan “⁠HexT⁠” Postma and Vincent “⁠Brehze⁠” Cayonte made the move to NRG in late November and Jeorge “⁠Jeorge⁠” Endicott and Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson followed out of the door to Nouns on Thursday.

Evil Geniuses were a part of the ‘Louvre Agreement’ since the inception of the deal in 2020 and as such were automatically invited to every ESL Pro League season and a handful of other ESL competitions and also received a part of the revenue share from them.

For most of that time they were the worst-performing partnered team, placing last in four out of the last six seasons and outside of the playoffs in the other two. Despite this, they continued to be a partner well after they triggered a clause of the deal that says a permanent slot would be subject to review if a partner team places last in three out of four seasons.