HuK on parting ways with EG: 'I would be lying if I said that I felt that we had been treated fairly here at the end'

by theScore Staff Jan 2 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Jakub Patrowicz / IEM Katowice 2016 / ESL

Following Evil Genius' decision to shut down their StarCraft II division, their now-former player Chris "HuK" Loranger has released an open letter to the org on Medium alleging that he and EG's other StarCraft personnel received little to no notice of, or say in the decision.

"I feel like it is a shame that people such as my teammates and I, who have shown loyalty and served faithfully over the years, have been tossed aside at the end while a select few have been handed ownership of the team we all worked so hard to build," HuK wrote.

"What hurts even more is that the rest of us were not involved with what was going on or even given a voice in the process. We either found out ourselves through rumors or were told after decisions had already been made."

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HuK originally joined EG in 2011, a move he calls "one of, if not the biggest team change in all of Starcraft history" in his letter, after playing for Team Liquid over the previous year. Over the six years he spent with EG, HuK won events like MLG Orlando 2011 and LANHAMMER 2013 and was one of the few foreigners to ever compete in GSL Code S, earning a spot in the highly competitive Korean league in 2011 and 2013.

While HuK looks back fondly on the time he spent in EG's team house, likening the org to a family and calling it "the best time of my life," he says that following the org's purchase by Twitch in 2014, management became less communicative and the atmosphere suffered for it.

While Twitch reformed EG into a player-owned org last month with former Dota 2 star Peter "PPD" Dager becoming the company's new CEO, HuK says the new management has failed to treat fellow players fairly.

"For me EG always had the image of an organization that was fair to their players, took care of them, and had a mutually respectful and caring relationship between player and team owner," HuK wrote.

"And it makes me sad to say that in a crucial point of EG’s transition, this was not the case. I don’t want to speak for my teammates but I feel like our loyalty and patience have been taken for granted, and I would be lying if I said that I felt that we had been treated fairly here at the end."

Despite his criticisms of how the transition was handled, HuK wrote that he is grateful for his time with EG and wishes the organization the best.

"Even to PPD and the new owners, while I disagree with the way things have been handled, I still wish you guys the best of luck going forward, and will continue to cheer for all of you," he wrote.

"I will always remember the good times I had with EG and I am grateful for the effect EG has had on my life."

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.