Two-time Call of Duty world champion Ian 'Crimsix' Porter has claimed that he was "forced" out of OpTic Gaming, after three people 'colluded' against him, forcing an ultimatum for Seth 'Scump' Abner and Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez.
Crimsix announced his free agency on September 9, taking many by surprise, and later claimed that the decision was not made by new OpTic ownership group Immortals.
This hinted that his teammates had, in fact, dropped the 32-time LAN championship winner, and he has now revealed the true extent of the situation.
In a revealing post on September 11, Crimsix claims that "3 people colluded against me towards 2 of my best friends that I've known for over a 3rd of my life."
He confirms that he was "essentially forced out by other people other than Scump/Hector."
Continuing, Crimsix explains that the entire situation apparently unfolded in a single night: "This all happened at midnight, and there was an important franchise meeting the next day. I had a couple of "late night hours" to throw together players, salaries, to tell the players, perks, etc. I don't know if the timing was a coincidence or planned, but this was pretty much impossible."
— Ian Porter (@OpTic_Crimsix) September 11, 2019
Crimsix' main frustration seemed to stem from the position which he claims Scump and Hector were left in, saying that they were not "left with a reasonable choice".
Former teammate Matthew 'FormaL' Piper earlier responded to Crimsix after he apparently leaked the new roster, which will reportedly feature Scump, Brandon 'Dashy' Otell, Thomas 'TJHaLy' Haly and FormaL.
It's possible that the three people Crimsix is speaking about "colluding" against him are in fact Dashy, TJHaLy and FormaL - all ex-teammates of his.
FormaL himself suggested that the leaked roster revealed by Crimsix was 'fake news', but it's possible he did so to keep things under wraps.
Fellow OpTic player Damon 'Karma' Barlow also posted on social media that he was open to offers for the new franchised league starting in 2020.
In a livestream, Karma expressed frustration that he was being "left in the dark" over the roster situation, and simply wanted answers as to what was being planned.
OpTic's Black Ops 4 season began strongly with a win at CWL Las Vegas, but their momentum slipped and they failed to maintain their high standards throughout the rest of the year.
A third-place finish at CWL Champs in August appears to have been the final nail in the coffin for the roster, with the young stars Dashy and TJHaLy seemingly wanting to surround themselves with new faces.
Scump publicly indicated his desire to play with FormaL again, naming him first on his 'dream team' list for the Assault Rifle role. Notably, neither Crimsix nor Karma were named on his list.
The franchise season will begin in January 2020, so it may be some time before rosters are officially confirmed and announced, but there's no doubt that rostermania is in full swing.
You can keep up to date with all the moves and rumors in our dedicated Rostermania hub.