After three years of sponsorship with the competitive gaming organization, it appears Ari “fLoE” Weintraub’s time with Evil Geniuses has come to an end. The group’s official website was updated earlier today with news of Weintraub’s departure, straight from director of player operations Antonio “CoolGrayAJ” Javier.
“Ari is without a doubt an extremely popular figure in the Fighting Game Community, and his stream is a common bookmark for most of us at EG,” Javier said of their decision. “However, as the team’s manager, I came to a decision to improve the team’s overall performance, and I’ve come to the decision that this is a change that needs to be made.”
While not the strongest placing member of Evil Geniuses’ fighting game division, Weintraub is a highly skilled competitor that served as a great face for the team, much like players that make up their Starcraft 2 stable.
“We at Evil Geniuses are extremely grateful for fLoE’s contributions to the team, and we will always love him and his fans. Although he will no longer be on the EG roster, Ari will always be part of our EG family,” the official statement closes. “Ari, we’ll undoubtedly miss fighting alongside you, and we wish you nothing but the best. We have no doubt in our minds that you’ll find your stride once again, and hope to continue seeing you in the future.”
Additionally, Weintraub provided a short statement via Twitter about the news.
I am no longer a part of @EvilGeniuses . I wish them and my previous teammates all the best in the future. =)
— Ari Weintraub (@Floejisan) March 11, 2014
Further comments from his friends and former teammates Justin Wong and Ricky Ortiz can be found here.
We here at Shoryuken would like to wish fLoE the best of luck as he moves forward.
Source: Evil Geniuses, special thanks to Smedwicks on NeoGAF for bringing this to our attention.