While Performance Designed Products’ (PDP) competitive gaming team survived a rocky 2013 after layoffs and other restructuring took place at the company, it was announced earlier today that Team Afterglow Elite has been officially disbanded. PDP’s community manager Candace Hinton provided this statement via Facebook:
Performance Designed Products has come to the difficult decision to discontinue the Team Afterglow Elite program. While PDP has made great strides in supporting the Fighting Game Community over the past few years we realize that all good things must come to an end. The time has come to open new doors and new opportunities for the gaming community as a whole.
We appreciate all of the incredible work that Team Afterglow Elite members of both past and present have done for us. In addition, a huge thank you to Sebastian Jennings for the effort he put into building the team to what it has become today.
We are currently developing a program that will open up new doors for PDP. The program will cater to a wider audience within the gaming community. This program will be more involved, more entertaining and more open to players at large. PDP will continue to be a supporter of eSport events and competitors in the near future.
Though it diminished over time, Afterglow Elite’s roster still featured some considerable talent after the restructure, including dominant Marvel champion Chris “NYChrisG” Gonzalez, King of Fighters XIII competitor Raymond “Romance” Navarrete, and Zangief masters Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis and Vance “Vangief” Wu, among others.
We would like to wish all those affected by these changes the best of luck as they move forward.
Source: Candace Hinton, thanks to Arturo Sanchez for the heads-up.