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Evil Geniuses won't participate in CWL franchising

Evil Geniuses announced Monday that the organization will not compete in the upcoming city-based Call of Duty franchise league slated to begin play in 2020. Photo by Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media

Evil Geniuses announced Monday that the organization will not compete in the upcoming city-based Call of Duty franchise league slated to begin play in 2020.

The 2018 CWL champions will defend their title Aug. 14-18 at the CWL Championships in Los Angeles, which will likely be EG's final competition in Call of Duty.

"We've enjoyed competing in COD under the Evil Geniuses name for years, and unfortunately, we won't be bringing the EG name to the forthcoming CWL Pro League 2020 season, or competing under the banner of any of the city-based franchises," the organization announced on its website.

"Recently, we've put in a lot of work in defining what Evil Geniuses' priorities are for the future. Our main focus is very literal: we want to keep developing a strong Evil Geniuses brand that is capable of supporting all our projects.

"We're extremely proud of the work that we've been able to put into Call of Duty, and our results within the space. We'd like to thank our players and staff for their dedication and effort - we'll be making sure that they continue to participate in Call of Duty through new homes, and other opportunities. We'd also like to thank the fans that have been passionate about the title, as without their support, our success would not be possible."

EG tied for ninth place at the CWL Pro League playoffs in Miami, where they failed to win a match last weekend.

Seven franchise cities have been named thus far: Los Angeles, Minnesota, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, Paris and New York. But with a reported $25 million price tag, many current CoD teams are expected to bow out of the scene.