Stewie2K abandons professional CS:GO, pivots to content creation within Evil Geniuses

A new era for the smoke criminal.

Stewie2K fistbumping a teammate after winning a round at Americas RMR for PGL Antwerp CS:GO Major
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North American CS:GO star Jake “Stewie2K” Yip is stepping down from Evil Geniuses’ active roster to stream both CS:GO and VALORANT full-time for the EG Creator Collective moving forward.

One of the most prominent figures in NA CS:GO—and one of the most well known in all esports—the former CS:GO Major winner announced the moved today, saying he will “be stepping away from competitive [CS:GO] and focusing on streaming.”

A figure of the top tier of NA CS:GO since the beginning of 2016, Stewie2K signed for Evil Geniuses at the beginning of this year following a three-year stint with Team Liquid. The new roster, which reunited Stewie2K with former C9 teammates autimatic and RUSH, failed to meet expectations, though, prompting EG to go into a bold new direction with the Blueprint project, a 15-man roster comprised of three separate NA CS:GO squads.

But before the Blueprint fully came to fruition, Stewie2K was involved in controversy with former members of the EG coaching staff, who said the pro player showed a poor attitude and a lack of professionalism earlier in 2022. Stewie2K initially claimed the comments were “twisted and overly dramatic” but eventually apologized to EG and the fans for “playing a massive part” in that early project ultimately failing.

For the time being, this should quell rumors about Stewie2K moving full-time to VALORANT, as he joins the EG Creator Collective. The EG Creator Collective was officially founded in summer 2021. Stewie2K’s first stream following the news will be tonight, July 28.


Scott Robertson
VALORANT lead staff writer, also covering CS:GO, FPS games, other titles, and the wider esports industry. Watching and writing esports since 2014. Previously wrote for Dexerto, Upcomer, Splyce, and somehow MySpace. Jack of all games, master of none.