North American esports organisation Echo Fox has announced an organisational restructuring to place itself in a better position for the future.
This “realignment” includes the release of the organisation’s Call of Duty and Gears of War teams, as well as a portion of its fighting game competitors and other select players.
Other games that Echo Fox fields teams in include H1Z1, Madden, and Shadowverse. The players who will be released haven’t been made public as of yet, but Echo Fox has competitors in the following fighting games: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, Street Fighter V, and Super Smash Bros.
Jared Jeffries, President of Echo Fox discussed the restructuring in a statement: “These moves will allow us to focus our time and resources on the continued development of the remaining rosters, ensuring that we can deliver on the expectations of our fans, our players and the rest of the Echo Fox family. Echo Fox remains dedicated to the growth and development of our players as professionals and individuals.
“The players moving on have poured their hearts into their games and into Echo Fox. We are grateful for all the time and effort they have given and we plan to support them in their future endeavors. They will always be part of the Echo Fox Family. I am excited for the future of Echo Fox.”
In February of this year, Echo Fox raised $38 million (£27.2 million) in a funding round. The organisation is owned by Vision Esports, which also counts Twin Galaxies and Vision Entertainment among its properties.
Esports Insider says: An organisational restructuring or realignment, in this case, just seems to be more of an exercise in cutting costs – despite the massive investment Echo Fox received earlier this year. The former Gears of War roster was consistently one of the best teams in the game, whereas the Call of Duty team hadn’t seen any real success. Either way, it’s a shame a bunch of players are being tossed out in the wilderness; we hope Jared Jeffries was telling the truth when he said that Echo Fox would support them going forward.