ppd on EG picking up new esports teams: 'Absolutely'

by Dennis Gonzales Dec 13 2016
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A day after being named the new CEO of Evil Geniuses, Peter "ppd" Dager has stated his intentions of acquiring new teams in a feature from Monster Energy, published Tuesday.

When asked if the organization will be look to pick up new talent, ppd's response was to the point.

"Absolutely," ppd said in Monster Energy's feature. "EG hasn’t picked up a lot of talent over the past two years,"

The last time EG ventured into an esport was when they formed their Halo division over two years ago. But ever since Twitch acquired GoodGame Agency (and thereby Evil Geniuses) on Dec. 9, 2014, EG acquiring new talent would have likely been seen as a conflict-of-interest, considering Twitch also sponsored many of EG's would-be competitors. But now that EG is a player-owned, independent entity, the organization is free to pursue acquisitions and already have.

They've recently acquired a Call of Duty roster on Nov. 21 to coincide with the start of the new Call of Duty World Championship season, which is also the first to feature Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

"I’m excited, now that the company is in our control, that I can go out and pick up new teams and new talent to build up the EG organization to where it deserves to be," ppd said. "Call of Duty was a great place to start. We’ve got a ton of North American sponsors who want nothing more than us to pick up some talented Call of Duty players, which is the region’s favorite game."

The esports playing field has changed drastically since two years ago, when EG last acquired a team, as traditional sports has made a big push into esports. A controlling interest of Team Liquid was sold to an investment group featuring Magic Johnson and other NBA co-owners, while Team Dignitas was purchased by the Philadelphia 76ers, just to name a few examples. It's a landscape ppd is well aware of.

“I think that talent is being overpaid, but that’s because of the venture capital and investors that are coming into esports," ppd said. "It’s become almost like an arms race.

"Everyone thinks that if they’re one of the top teams in the world, when some big NBA, NFL team comes in and picks up a franchise, well it might be you and then you’ve hit the jackpot."

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest. You can follow him on Twitter.