Evil Geniuses Unveil a Co-Ed Valorant Roster
Esports is for everyone. Men and women can compete in the same spaces, contrary to what some might say. Evil Geniuses made a seriously bold move to prove that this past week, announcing a Valorant co-ed roster was revealed by Evil Geniuses on Twitter this week. A crew of all-stars that will compete together, and shortly after the announcement, they began demolishing their foes. We are very excited to see this news. The CEO of Evil Geniuses, Nicole LaPoint Jameson made a very simple statement to support this:
“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. If you are the best of the best, you have a home here at @EvilGeniuses.”
She’s right, too. There are going to be people who throw shade on this, or make some awful excuses when they get bodied by the Evil Geniuses Valorant co-ed roster. That’s fine, let them whine. We’re going to be proud of them and be hyped about it instead.
When we say this is an all-star squad for Valorant, we aren’t lying. Christine “potter” Chi is a former CSGO player and analyst. She’s also a seven-time World Champion in CSGO and is the captain of this co-ed Evil Geniuses Valorant roster. She knows what she’s doing, and is a fitting leader for this upcoming team. If someone is upset that a woman is leading men in esports, they’ve got problems that we aren’t qualified to help them with.
Who else is on the team? The Valorant co-ed roster of Evil Geniuses is as follows:
- Nolan “Temparature” Pepper
- Aleksandar “aleksandar” Hinojosa
- Ronan “Osias” Javelona
- Claudia “Clawdia” Che
- Christine “potter” Chi
We’re beyond hyped to see what comes of this. Right after this, the team competed in the NSG Valorant Challengers Open Qualifiers. It sounds like they did pretty well for themselves in their first event, dropping MROrgless without losing a match. However, they fell to Serenity afterward, but there’s no shame in that. This was a tournament with dozens of teams, so sadly it was not live-streamed. If you combine Christine Chi’s experience as a world champion with top-tier talents like Aleksander, there’s no telling where they can go from here. The internet as a whole seems to be behind them and spouting praise for the team, and we can’t blame them. These are all players with major upside, and though they come from different teams and backgrounds, we believe they can come together to make magic.
EG's CEO on why not have both mens & womens teams
"Through this measured, empirical approach, a mixed gender roster was the best fit. This is not a all female marketing play for us…this is us putting our foot down in developing and bolstering champions from all walks of life." pic.twitter.com/CRcFX5N1jC
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) January 28, 2021
It’s been asked why EG didn’t make separate Men’s and Women’s teams. Evil Geniuses CEO points out that it’s not about marketing at all:
“Through this measured, empirical approach, a mixed gender roster was the best fit. This was not a all female marketing play for us, or a bunch of all male fps veteran play for us, this is us putting our foot down in developing and bolstering champions from all walks of life.
“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.”
I believe it. As a long-time fan of Evil Geniuses’ fighting game players, I’ve seen a variety of people come and go. These aren’t nobodies and aren’t being used as a marketing play, which I think will show as the Valorant competitive scene shapes up. Men and women are equal in skill in esports. The time for esports to be dominated just by men has long since gone. What about the players though?
Javelona’s make a serious name for themselves in their native Philippines, and Hinojosa/Pepper worked together on Moon Raccoons. This is a very exciting time for Valorant, with teams like this coming up. Between them and Dignitas recruiting an all-female roster, we’re looking forward to the future of Evil Geniuses co-ed squad. We at Esports Talk will be keeping an eye on the team to see how the future holds.