valens joins Evil Geniuses as Head of Data Science

After parting ways with Cloud9 in October, Soham "valens" Chowdhury has linked up with Evil Geniuses as the organisation's Head of Data Science.

The role is not an unfamiliar one for the 30-year-old tactician, having previously held the same title on Cloud9 after he stepped down from a coaching position on the roster in July. valens most notably stood behind Cloud9 in their ELEAGUE Major title run in 2018, and coached the roster for a little over two years.

valens will reprise his role as Head of Data Science at Evil Geniuses

While his stint in Cloud9's analytical division was brief, the role was one that valens aimed to continue exploring, saying in his departure statement from Cloud9 that he planned to "keep pushing the envelope when it comes to esports analytics" while helping to turn "this industry into a sustainable, ethical, and exciting one."

The Stanford graduate will have the opportunity to do just that, aiming to help Evil Geniuses maintain their position as the No. 1 team in the world through analytics alongside in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and coach Chet "ImAPet" Singh.

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head of data science? what does he do lmao
2019-11-07 01:22
Finland Smoonah 
sciences data 🥴
2019-11-07 01:23
data science OMEGAKEKW
2019-11-07 14:36
He looks at some numbers in microsoft excel
2019-11-07 01:25
2019-11-07 02:03
2019-11-07 07:00
flag checks out
2019-11-07 10:40
Hello Forsaken
2019-11-07 16:40 Watch this podcast, his ideas for statistical analysis and what he's been doing are insane.
2019-11-07 01:25
Xyp9x | 
India Da_to 
Thanks a lot mens
2019-11-07 11:27
Poland nieja 
Wow, that'a actually a valuable comment. Thanks.
2019-11-07 15:26
analyzes rounds grenades positions , etc.
2019-11-07 01:25
i guess he just looks at stats and shit like that
2019-11-07 01:25
Sounds like very in depth studying of the game. Like if someone dies on short what are the odds of a rotation or stacking a site. Breaking down reactions and set plays to a mathematical statistic
2019-11-07 02:49
*tUroK u NoT pUtTinG bIg nUmBerS mEN))) sTEp uP*
2019-11-07 12:48 2.head coach
2019-11-07 02:21
stealing paychecks
2019-11-07 04:13
Slovakia veeellys 
2019-11-07 05:40
Better then no paycheques like in the French economy. LEL
2019-11-07 08:36
2019-11-07 10:40
funny that this is coming from france, country where every cs team is full of at least 4 paycheck stealers out of 5 players
2019-11-07 16:14
Norway cs? Lol
2019-11-08 06:41
Xyp9x | 
Hungary x4ii 
2019-11-07 01:22
data science?
2019-11-07 01:22
Dunno but he had a job at Google that he left a few years ago so he probably fit for it. What ever it is lol...
2019-11-07 07:00
2019-11-07 10:59
2019-11-07 15:41
damn this guy is good at stealing paychecks.
2019-11-07 01:23
United States ferric 
Talk to us about him again when you graduate from the #1 ranked university in the world, work for Google, Tesla, become a CS:GO pro, and lead a team to a major victory as well as hold an analytical role for the best CS:GO team in the world.
2019-11-07 02:05
Lithuania arres 
What did he do at google and tesla?
2019-11-07 02:23
United States ferric 
Data Scientist Lead
2019-11-07 02:26
Played CSGO
2019-11-07 03:45
United States G0ingInsqne 
2019-11-07 04:59
Current Stanford student here. Just wanted to say there’s a huge emphasis on AI and machine learning at this place. You can do so much (% of duels won from different positions, likely setup based on economy, etc.) of course you can get this info by watching demos, but if you had a script that could analyze hundreds of demos and filter data based on various factors (team, map, time period), your results should be more accurate and it saves you lots of time.
2019-11-07 14:59
Jealous frenchie, how’s your economy OMEGALAUGH. Better to steal a paycheque then have no job like in France
2019-11-07 08:29
Finland mayrakoira 
2019-11-07 01:23
Armenia GaRY56 
2019-11-07 01:23
LMAOOO i could work in esports then
2019-11-07 01:24
valens is a Stanford graduate, former Google, Tesla... I'm sure you could work in esports, just not like this.
2019-11-07 01:31
That would be a good point if my math background wasn't bigger than a Stanford BSc
2019-11-07 01:34
2019-11-07 01:41
Singapore FallBlade 
Press X to doubt
2019-11-07 02:13
Ant1ka | 
Indonesia Frver 
He's a Master in Electrical Engineering from stanford not a BSc.
2019-11-07 04:35
That s even further away from data science skillz ))))
2019-11-07 11:07
2019-11-07 08:16
2019-11-07 11:07
2019-11-07 12:28
nt all hltv users have iq lower than 56.
2019-11-07 22:31
you forgot former failure in C9 LUL
2019-11-07 01:52
karrigan | 
North America Jkhes 
like when he coached them to a major victory? Remember, players win games, coaches lose them. Even with all the stats and advice in the world, a shit team will always be shit. But he certainly can help a better team make less mistakes.
2019-11-07 01:59
hehe i know i was just trolling him cause he have the hltv badge
2019-11-07 02:00
India csgo_veteran 
To be fair he was no push over as an individual player either
2019-11-07 07:10
Thailand beam2546 
Fluke_Skywalker: I can work in esports Nohte: I'm About to End This Man's Whole Career
2019-11-07 02:31
2019-11-07 02:51
Nice try from him
2019-11-07 11:06
2019-11-07 03:02
You can work as house keeper for EG house
2019-11-07 08:35
I would love to
2019-11-07 11:09
Bulgaria Ju7y 
2019-11-07 01:24
Russia illuminosity 
a tier incoming
2019-11-07 01:24
2019-11-07 01:25
data science XDDDDDDDDD, he probably will get 10k for that
2019-11-07 01:25
United Kingdom zaK- 
way more than 10k
2019-11-07 02:49 Watch this podcast if you want to know specifics of this new science Valens has been doing.
2019-11-07 01:25
wtf lmao
2019-11-07 01:31
Canada rayrayrayray 
So hes just going to watch vods and write down when and where teams throw nades?
2019-11-07 01:32
he's basically writing a program that finds out all that stuff automatically from a demo to save time but as we saw from c9 they weren't able to use it to their advantage and i doubt it'll give much info teams can use to their advantage that goes beyond common anti strats or knowing how another igl likes to call
2019-11-07 02:46
There goes Cloud9 :(
2019-11-07 01:32
what are you going to do, maximize economic efficiency by buying novas every anti eco?
2019-11-07 01:33
Netherlands itsm 
I lolled
2019-11-07 01:45
2019-11-07 01:36
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Cool stuff.
2019-11-07 01:37
Netherlands itsm 
The IT department of HLTV could be of more value imo. Perhaps analyst could be a better title.. but no he wants to make his parents proud..
2019-11-07 01:44
excuse me?
2019-11-07 01:46
Great stuff
2019-11-07 01:54
Really smart guy
2019-11-07 01:55
United States DervGuy 
Valens FeelsOkayMan :point_right: <3
2019-11-07 01:58
Soooo we're just making up positions now to give our friends free paychecks?
2019-11-07 02:04
how new are you to esports roster riders and "coaches" and handouts to washed up garbage is all too common
2019-11-07 05:13
im not new at all, just pointing out hes yet another waste of money that is all too common in esports. You dont see shit like this in real sports or professions.
2019-11-07 08:45
New Zealand LewsTherin 
Actually head of data science is a real department in all professional sports. Baseball and Bill James, Data analysis in all sports, especially football.
2019-11-07 08:59
the point is that its not needed, how many people do u need on ur payroll for a csgo team? The coach and players cant look over demos anymore? You need an entire new department for that?
2019-11-07 09:12
New Zealand LewsTherin 
EG is more than just CSGO. They have a sizeable staff team. The org itself is more than just coach and players btw.
2019-11-09 12:39
Man is more qualified then you ever will be lel
2019-11-07 08:30
what does that have to do with him getting a free ride? lul hes more qualified than u will ever be too, whats ur point? lul what a stupid remark by u... And i take that back, if i had the time to sit around and watch demos of teams all day/night Id be just as good as him at it. lulumad?
2019-11-07 08:47
How is it a free ride if he has all the credentials lol google, Tesla top companies in the world. what credentials do you Have to comment how a company is running its operations ? Just cause you make 40k a year lmfao
2019-11-07 10:56
Also if he’s more qualified then me I don’t talk shit and be jealous like you, degenerate american.
2019-11-07 10:57
Lol this guys, data analytics have been in all sports for decades. I mean have you guys seen moneyball?
2019-11-07 02:08
Canada ZHF 
Valens cucked C9 xaxaxaxaxa Good for him
2019-11-07 02:11
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Japan Misteear 
2019-11-07 02:13
Head of data science? Let's not forget that this is a fkin pc game...
2019-11-07 02:17
that dude has a Standford master degree for data analysis, he worked for Google as data scientist. I believe people hire him for a good fucking reason.
2019-11-07 02:22
Netherlands itsm 
Why would he quit a job at google to “work” in esports as a coach. He didnt want to put in the hours of actual hard work and justifies “working” in esports by handing himself a respectable sounding job title. And.... there is nothing wrong with that. But whats next? Mouse carrier????!!!!!
2019-11-07 02:26
United States ferric 
I think he is smarter than you and knows what he is doing.
2019-11-07 02:27
Netherlands itsm 
Did i say hes stupid in any way? No. Grow some brain cells. Its a genius move.. imagine having “head of data science” on your linkedin... what a guy
2019-11-07 02:34
Rofl you're a moron
2019-11-07 02:38
Yeah, he already had that title from Google before he got that title in esports.
2019-11-07 02:54
Netherlands itsm 
Not as head tho
2019-11-07 03:04
India csgo_veteran 
The retard is definitely too strong in this one
2019-11-07 07:12
Lead of Data Science seems pretty similar imo
2019-11-07 12:51
Canada Kry^tech 
if he worked at google and telsa, im sure he made good coin. now he can do something he enjoys????
2019-11-07 02:45
Netherlands itsm 
Yes def.. good for him
2019-11-07 02:47
United States EmperorTrump 
It looks like he'll work on statistics and big data for all EG divisions (DOTA2, CSGO, OW etc). I'm not sure how good he is at programming but theoretically he can create AI models lke Google did with AlphaZero to discover new strategies humans often overlook.
2019-11-07 02:24
Lithuania arres 
What is wrong with you?
2019-11-07 02:28
explain to him that clown9 major win was an outlier.
2019-11-07 02:30
"Guys guys listen out we need 16 rounds to win a map and if i read my statistics correctly we have a higher win % if we win both pistols and start 10:0 thats my input for the match today gl hf"
2019-11-07 02:32
Netherlands itsm 
“Guys it takes 25 seconds to travel from a long through t spawn to b. So if we have 23 seconds left just hit the a site. Trust me i have done my data analys”
2019-11-07 02:36
Qatar PrisMcsgo 
2019-11-07 02:37
New Zealand SkirmishX 
>Head of Data Science >Analyst
2019-11-07 02:54
China Blitzer 
WHAT A LEGEND! Stanford graduated, worked in Tesla, worked inGoogle, worked in Intel HOLY SHIT
2019-11-07 03:00
Netherlands itsm 
Now head of data science at evil geniuses. Mans making moves.. what a guy
2019-11-07 03:04
China Blitzer 
has to be love for the game and esports in general simple as that no one in their right mind wastes such a curriculum
2019-11-07 03:07
Cheater | 
China imd0g 
MOUSE5 private cheats lan injection
2019-11-07 03:09
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
"Hacker by passion" LMAO
2019-11-07 07:20
Two indians in coaching roles, this is the work of a god
2019-11-07 03:03
Fuuuck rip eg
2019-11-07 03:12
2019-11-07 03:20
EliGE | 
Kazakhstan Elietsch 
There's too many sneaky asians behind the scene in CS:GO. It's like a club almost. Or international jewry.
2019-11-07 03:25
Is the scope of work within cs only?
2019-11-07 03:25
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
CSGO server injection with mouse binding he prolly using python or stuffs to do data things when I see the headline I thought "he probably looking at vods and demos", almost similar to THREAT on NiP, just to give a new perspective to the main coach. but after looking at his portfolio, I have no doubt that this is more than imaginable. not restricted to CSGO too.
2019-11-07 03:30
Netherlands staticNL 
Congrats valens! Good pick-up by EG.
2019-11-07 03:36
sounds interesting, GL with future projects valens! :)
2019-11-07 03:38
Brazil Karlogaria 
Exiting the shittiest team in the world to join one of the best, possibly real number 1 atm, what a career boost
2019-11-07 03:44
Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
what kind of position is that
2019-11-07 04:24
analytics with SAP i guess there is similar position in the football business something like this usage in football
2019-11-07 05:11
Why with SAP ? There are many ways to do data science and machine learning. SAP is far from being the most common one
2019-11-07 06:47
i was guessing ofc they could be using something else SAP was just the first thing that came in to my mind^^
2019-11-07 07:25
Brazil FLXG 
LOL tarik demanded EG to create a new job in the company to save his old chuby friend from unemployment ALL MY RESPECT!
2019-11-07 05:07
Are you fucked this guy worked at google and Tesla he choose Esports as a passion. He could easily get a job in his field, typical jealous unemployed Brazilian LEL
2019-11-07 08:34
Loooooooool u triggered North USA?
2019-11-07 15:50
the only NA coach to win a major has now joined the #1 team in csgo , lets go brazil...
2019-11-07 05:44
India csgo_veteran 
China numba wan?
2019-11-07 07:17
lets go chinaaa!!
2019-11-07 07:56
Tech support Rajesh lul
2019-11-07 07:05
United States Nohj_10years 
2019-11-07 07:18
If dude decides to be tech support in india. All the shitty street shitters will run out of job.
2019-11-07 13:05
Lol , if he ll come here to find a job , he will not even survive here , there are too many better than him for sure ,but the thing is they don't have money
2019-11-07 20:49
Lol he would be a normal guy here , he was lucky that his parents were having enough money for his studies Xdddddddd Ez
2019-11-07 20:51
salty poor street shitter confirmed.
2019-11-08 04:28
looks like another job that only exists on paper.
2019-11-07 08:36
Turkey xxxjet3 
His gonna eat more burgers and earn 10k for shit job
2019-11-07 09:18
Serbia GODKipato 
Good luck, master mind
2019-11-07 09:51
-valens +Zews
2019-11-07 11:48
Smartest guy in NA, good luck in EG!
2019-11-07 11:52
Denmark GGNORE33 
Simple Analyst but make it looks different using complicated sentence
2019-11-07 13:41
I use the movie Remember the Titans to compare what he does. He is the guy who will use the odds/numbers to help the teams understand the probability of something happening. In the movie, Coach Boone uses the math teacher to look at how often the other teams do what is all scenarios. This is the same concept
2019-11-07 15:19
mad respect for my son valens
2019-11-07 15:28
Norway SlimeThug 
This is exciting and for anyone familiar with Valens he is a smart and hardworkkng motherfucker. This will give EG another edge and other orgs will need to keep up on this departement in the coming years if they want to keep up at the top imo. Esports keeps evolving, and CS is at the forefront of it
2019-11-07 16:36
Data Sciences. Such an Indian Job lmaoooo
2019-11-07 18:32
“Hey b0ss!” “Wat” “My data show that clown9 sux and EG are fake #1” “Gj soham here’s one lakh rupees and bob Vagene jpegs”
2019-11-07 21:56
United States ferric 
Your username fits you well
2019-11-08 00:40
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