Echo Fox Pulls Out of Call of Duty, Gears of War, FGC
Leading esports organization Echo Fox announced plans to drop a significant portion of its players and team rosters. In a Tweet on Tuesday, Echo Fox president Jared Jeffries confirmed that the organization is completely pulling out of Call of Duty, Gears of War, and the Fighting Game Community and will be dropping those rosters.
The announcement came shocked the esports community as Echo Fox is regarded by many as having among the best Gears of War and FGC rosters of any organization. Additionally, Echo Fox released its League of Legends coach, Thomas “thinkcard” Slotkin, former coach for Cloud9 and FlyQuest.
According to the statement from Jeffries, the changes will allow the organization to refocus time and resources on developing their remaining rosters. Jeffries did not indicate that the organization is suffering from financial issues in his statement, only that it is narrowing its focus on specific esports.
The decision to exit from its two main shooters and the FGC comes after Echo Fox leader Rick Fox served as moderator at the recent Olympic esports forum. The former professional basketball player was in the center of discussions that ultimately led to the conclusion that violent esports would not be included in the Olympics.
The forum took place in July, and neither Fox or Echo Fox stated any intentions to cut games from their organization at that time. However, it is possible Fox gained a clearer vision for the future of Echo Fox based on the conversations at the forum. Esports is still up for consideration as a medal event in 2024.