H3CZ breaks silence on OpTic Gaming buyout speculation - Dexerto
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H3CZ breaks silence on OpTic Gaming buyout speculation

Published: 21/May/2019 12:46 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 12:08

by Calum Patterson


Co-Founder of OpTic Gaming, Hector ‘Call of Duty to become one of the most recognized names in the industry.

He sold the majority of the business to Infinite Esports & Entertainment in 2017, a controversial decision among fans at the time, but one that allowed for investment which could help the organization further expand into pricey franchised leagues like the League of Legends Championship Series.

MLGSpeculation over OpTic Gaming’s future has been rife following news of a potential buyout.

However, Infinite and the OpTic organization has struggled, both in-game and financially, with a number of failed projects.

H3CZ had effectively stepped down from the day-to-day operations of the organization, which many fans feel has led to the current situation, with Infinite attempting to sell OpTic, and Immortals said to be front-runners to complete the buyout.

It was reported that Rodriguez was meeting with Immortals representatives on May 15, to discuss a potential opportunity for him to return to the daily running of the organization, and perhaps continuing partial ownership.

On May 21, Hector confirmed that he was “trying, have been trying, and will continue to try, until the final “no”.”

He also announced that his regular daily vlog uploads and his popular Podcast series, Eavesdrop, would be on hold for at least a week, as he focuses entirely on the buyout situation.

Fans have been eager to hear H3CZ’ side of the story, and although he has given no details, it will be a relief to have confirmation of the reports from the man who was once the figurehead of their beloved team and organization.

H3CZ is believed to have met with Immortals CEO Ari Segal on May 15 to negotiate running OpTic’s daily operations and the CoD franchise, if Immortals’ takeover is to be successful, but the outcome of the meeting is unknown.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.