It has been confirmed that both Alliance and Evil Geniuses are moving towards becoming independent player-owned esports organizations.
The move carries significance as it allows the two entities to break away from the previous ownership of popular streaming platform Twitch. While players from both teams will continue to stream on the Twitch platform, from hereon the respective players and management will be the ones having controlling interest regarding contracts and sponsors.
Alliance has already begun signing new players, starting with Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. This was revealed by Jonathan “Loda” Berg from the Alliance Dota 2 roster earlier today.
In the eyes of the public, it’s about time. The matter of Twitch owning teams has often been raised as a conflict of interest. Alliance and Evil Geniuses have now basically resolved that issue by becoming player-owned esports organizations.
In a press release, Twitch stated that it will continue to work with Alliance and Evil Geniuses as it would with “any other esports team.” It also claimed that despite ownership, the two teams “received no preferential treatment” during this time.
Twitch has been the sole owner of Alliance and Evil Geniuses since 2014 when it acquired GoodGame, the parent company of both. Based on the terms set, GoodGame founder Alex Garfield began working with Twitch. However, he announced his departure from the streaming platform earlier this year. His reason for leaving remains unknown.
Both Alliance and Evil Geniuses feature formidable Dota 2 rosters, as well as several top-tier Fighting Game players. This includes Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez, Ricki “Ricki Ortiz” Ortiz, Justin “Justin Wong” Wong, Kevin “PPMD” Nanney, and Adam “Armada” Lindgren.