Echo Fox’s enigmatic and supportive team owner Rick Fox might be leaving the organization, according to a report by Dexerto’s Richard Lewis. The decision was reportedly after an encounter between Fox and a partner from Vision Esports, which was a group that helped invest in Echo Fox.
Fox reportedly sent out an email on Friday, April 19, telling all of Echo Fox’s major stakeholders that he would no longer be a part of the organization due to the actions of a “significant shareholder of Echo Fox.”
“This is an official notification of my intention to exit the Echo Fox organization as a shareholder and participant as soon as I am able to facilitate a transaction to do so,” Fox’s email reads. “The recent outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism made by a significant Echo Fox shareholder as well as threats to my family have made it impossible for me to continue to remain associated with the company.”
Lewis also reports that the racist remarks were aimed at Jace Hall, the former CEO of Echo Fox. It seems like this wasn’t the first time that this particular shareholder exhibited racist behavior toward Hall and Fox.
“Most shareholders have tried to ignore this in the hope it goes away and this has forced Rick’s hand to leave,” a source told Lewis. “He obviously isn’t going to stand for that and was hoping the matter would be addressed on a shareholder level rather than just swept under the carpet.”
Fox bought and rebranded Echo Fox in December 2015, helping it reach success in esports such as League of Legends, Super Smash Bros., and Fortnite. The departure of the team’s popular owner will surely put the organization’s future in some doubt.