Evil Geniuses shutter SC II division, part ways with iNcontroL, HuK

by theScore Staff Jan 1 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Patrick Strack / IEM Katowice 2016 / ESL

With the release of Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson and Chris "HuK" Loranger, Evil Geniuses have ended a nearly eight-year venture in StarCraft II.

CEO Peter "ppd" Dager announced EG's withdrawal from StarCraft in a brief video tweet on Sunday, after iNcontroL, one of the founding members of EG's StarCraft II division, tweeted that he was no longer with the organization.

The move comes amidst a raft of changes for the organization. Last month, Evil Geniuses broke away from Twitch to become a player-led company and installed ppd, a long-time captain of its Dota 2 team, as CEO. ppd has been very open about his intentions to expand the team's holdings into other games, following their pickup of a Call of Duty roster in November. He announced some changes to EG's fighting games lineup on Jan. 1 along with the news about StarCraft.

HuK and iNcontroL were the last remaining StarCraft II players on EG. Other EG players have either retired, like Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong, or have also left the organization, like Libo "xenocider" Chang.

iNcontroL joined Evil Geniuses in 2009 as a StarCraft: Brood War player. In the StarCraft II era, he focused on coaching, content creation and broadcast analysis, becoming a key community figure in the North American SCII scene. His personality and passion for the game, displayed in the many SCII events he hosted and his talk show "State of the Game," made him a veritable favorite among Western SCII fans.

iNcontroL said in a November YouTube video that he expected he would not stay with Evil Geniuses in 2017 since the team no longer sees StarCraft as financially viable. He assured fans that he will continue to work on StarCraft II content as an independent.

HuK joined Evil Geniuses in August 2011, at the height of his SCII career. At the time he was in Korea, as one of only a handful of non-Koreans to compete in GSL Code S. He was also a regular Top 8 finisher on the MLG pro circuit that year, wining MLG Orlando.

HuK retired from SCII earlier this year to focus on Overwatch, and has since become a regular presence on the analyst desk at Overwatch events.

Last updated Jan. 1 at 4:35 pm ET.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor for theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

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