There are very few North American CS:GO players who hold the title of being a Major winner. One of these players is 24-year-old Jake "Stewie2K" Yip from Evil Geniuses. Gaining massive attention whilst performing under the cloud9 banner due to this unorthodox playing style and crazy intuition within the server, the 24-year-old rifler has had a rough go at things.
Since leaving Team Liquid to join Evil Geniuses, things have gone downhill for the 'smoke criminal'. Evil Geniuses have failed to put up the expected results and so has "Stewie2K". Currently ranked as the #92 in the world, the North American CS:GO organization has left a lot to be desired from North American CS:GO fans across the globe.
In an interview with HLTV.org, former assistant coach Paolo "EVY" Berbudeau pointed toward "Stewie2K" as the main reason for EG's lackluster performances as of late. Specifically, he explained how "Stewie2K" had a poor attitude toward the coaching staff in general and the, at the time, head coach of EG Damien "maLeK" Marcel:
"Stewie wouldn't say hello to Damien when we walked into the room from the fifth or sixth day. When Damien spoke, he [Stewie] turned back to his pc, he wasn't listening to him. Sometimes Stewie would listen to Damien and then turn around and not respond. One of the worst things I ever saw was [Stewie] denying tactical breaks."
The accusations and critique of "Stewie2K" put to the light by "EVY" quickly rose to the surface of social media and the drama between the two parts began unfolding. Calling it "twisted" and "dramatic" the 24-year-old EG player explained in a tweet how there are always two sides to a story and that he is being portrayed to be worse than what is actually the case.
"Stewie2K" sat down with fans of his own, as well as people interested in the ongoing drama, and sought to contextualize the drama from his own point of view. He did so in a 1.5-hour stream on Twitch where he among other things explained the following:
"It became a little bit of a problem, because of the impatience. I feel like maLeK wanted to adopt the G2 system into EG, and I wanted to bring pieces of Liquid into EG as well, and they are both good, I am sure we could put both pieces together. But at the same time this isn't G2, nor is it Liquid. I don't have EliGE, i don't have NAF, we don't have NiKo, we don't have huNter-"
Whilst "Stewie2K" didn't deny the critique raised against his attitude toward the coaching staff he contextualized the different viewpoints from both parts and explained that he wanted EG to flow at the start of the roster's journey.
In addition to his role as a leader within the roster, as well as his attitude, "Stewie2K" was criticized for his lackluster individual performance failing to put up the numbers expected. Scoring a 0.55 rating against the top 5 teams in the world, he left EG fans scratching their heads at the former Major winner. In his 'tell-all' stream, "Stewie2K" acknowledged his poor performances as of late:
"The fact that he even brought up my rating. Don't you think that I am aware that I fucking suck? That I am putting the team in front of me, that I am worriying about the other side of the map, that I have to make sure that we know what we are doing? Even the fact that we are not ready and I am trying to focus on everything else but my own game, like yes it takes a toll."
What the future holds for the 24-year-old "Stewie2K" is unsure. One thing that is for sure, however, is that things are not working out at EG. Should they try and find a new leader for the roster? Should they get rid of the former Major winner? Where will "Stewie2K" go if benched by EG? Hopefully, EG will find their footing in the near future, but if not it might be the end of "Stewie2K's" time under the Evil Geniuses banner.
To hear more about the drama surrounding "Stewie2K" you can watch the video posted below, explaining everything that has been going on between he North American star and the Evil Genuises camp: