Evil Geniuses (EG) made waves when it became the first major organization to construct a professional co-ed Valorant team. While other organizations like Dignitas have developed all-female teams, and historically, this has been a normal split in competitive play.
There have been some instances where women have played roles in co-ed squads. Geguri’s placement on Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League is one of the first that comes to mind. Hopefully, this is a step forward for competitive diversity.
Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson wasn’t hoping to make a marketing play with the team’s unveiling. For her, it was about finding genuine talent.
“We have been keeping our pulse on talent in the space – both known quantities, transfers from other titles, and tried to sus out unknown quantities,” Jameson said. “We also simultaneously wanted to explore how building a roster more empirically – scouting specific talent with particular attributes and having them test and scrim and grow together would work.”
The team is captained by Christine “Potter” Chi, a 7-time CSGO champion and analyst. Joining her are Nolan “Temperature” Pepper, Aleksandar “aleksandar” Hinojosa, Ronan “Osias” Javelona, and Claudia “Clawdia” Che.
For EG, the team’s development simply made sense.
“Through this measured, empirical approach, a mixed gender roster was the best fit…this is us putting our foot down in developing and bolstering champions from all walks of life,” Jameson continued. “These are the values we uphold at EG – competitive and cultural success, and this roster is a crystal clear representation of such. As the best of the best, no matter who they are and what their background is, can play under the EG banner.”
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To clarify for the people in the back that didn’t catch it the first time…
I don’t care where you come from. Nor your creed, gender, religion, class, past industry, or sexual orientation.
— Nicole LaPointe Jameson (@totheLaPointe) January 28, 2021