PR Balrog leaves Evil Geniuses to go teamless in 2017

by Daniel Rosen Dec 14 2016
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Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez is leaving Evil Geniuses when his contract expires on Dec. 31, the player announced on Twitter Tuesday.

PR Balrog signed with EG in August 2012, shortly after taking fourth place at CEO 2012 and third at EVO 2012. Since then, he's had a strong Street Fighter career that saw him dominate the North American SFIV scene in Arcade Edition 2012 and USFIV, and placed fifth at the 2014 Capcom Cup finals.

In a YouTube video PR Balrog posted with his tweet, he explained that he is not being kicked off the team, but instead wants to find organizations to sponsor him as a solo player in 2017.

"I feel that this is going to be more like a personal growth of a brand, of myself, instead of just being on a team and basically promoting them, I want to promote myself," PR Balrog said. "Like I said before, I want to build a brand, I think that's the smart thing to do in the long term. "

Known as the best Balrog player in the world in the SFIV era, PR Balrog experimented with other characters towards the end of USFIV, and this year was able to take fifth at Texas Showdown using Evil Ryu and Elena.

However, Street Fighter V hasn't been as kind to the Boxer master. Without Balrog at launch, PR Balrog struggled with Laura and Necalli, placing 17th at Final Round 19 and NorCal Regionals 2016.

Once Balrog came out, PR 'Rog turned his fortunes around a little, but he was unable to make up for lost time and failed to qualify for the Capcom Cup finals. PR Balrog placed 17th at Canada Cup 2016, seventh at SoCal Regionals and fifth at The Fall Classic.

The player is also known as one of the strongest North American Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players. He placed second at EVO 2011, first at SoCal Regionals 2013 and fifth at CEO 2014.

Evil Geniuses still has several top fighting game players signed to the organization, including Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, Momochi "Momochi" Yusuke and Momochi "Chocoblana" Yuka. EG was recently spun off from Twitch and became an independent, player-owned organization. PR Balrog did not clarify in his video if he was given shares in the company, but did thank EG for supporting him over the past four years.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.