Evil Geniuses picks up a PUBG team, will compete at IEM Oakland

The team formerly known as "grantJoker" is now EG.

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Evil Geniuses has picked up PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team “grantJokur” and will send the team to compete at next month’s $200,000 PUBG Invitational at IEM Oakland.

The organization announced the roster today, and it consists of former Dota player and coach Jared “Pandaego” Fletcher, Cole “Gnomey” Garton, Timothy “GOUL” McClelland, and Austin “zWattz” Watts.

“We couldn’t be more excited to dive EG into PUBG and the Battle Royale genre,” said Evil Geniuses COO Phillip Aram. “These are the formative days for this esport that I see flourishing into another pillar of the industry. We’re excited at EG to have a group of guys we can compete and grow with in the upcoming online events, at IEM Oakland, and into the future. So show these guys some love, and let’s Bleed Blue for our newest squad!”

IEM Oakland will be the team’s first major event with EG, as it will be for many esports organizations who are joining the PUBG scene in hopes to see it grow into the next big esports title.

“We are ecstatic to be joining the EG family,” the team said in a joint statement. “All of us on grantJokur have had the aspiration to play for a professional organization for a while now and are honored to have finally found a home at Evil Geniuses. We are here to prove that we have what it takes to take PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds competitive scene by storm and represent EG and all you fans in the upcoming season.”

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