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Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez announces OpTic Gaming exit

Published: 15/Sep/2019 19:00 Updated: 15/Sep/2019 22:11

by Calum Patterson

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Longtime OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has officially announced his departure from the organization in a joint statement with new ownership group Immortals Gaming Club.

Rodriguez, who led the organization since 2007, sold the controlling stake in the company to Infinite Esports & Entertainment in 2017, but after a troubled two years, Infinite was acquired by Immortals in June 2019, along with the OpTic brand.

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H3CZ’s position in the new organization was initially unclear, with reports suggesting that he and Immortals CEO Ari Seagal had met to discuss a position for the now-former CEO.

Twitter: Wackman3029H3CZ led OpTic Gaming for almost the entirety of its history.

In a joint statement on September 15, Immortals and Rodriguez confirmed that such meetings had taken place, and although they were “extensive and amicable”, H3CZ “declined the opportunity to remain in his current role with OpTic”.

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“I have great respect for the Immortals Organization,” H3CZ explains in the statement, “they have treated me and all of OpTic’s players fairly during this transition period.”

He released a video later in the day thanking all of the fans out there who supported him and OpTic in their journey, while also reassuring them he isn’t going anywhere.

“I’ll never be done doing what it is that I do,” he said. “I’ll never ever ever be done being me because this is my life’s calling. This is my life’s work.”

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He also teased his next move by putting on an NRG hoodie at the end of the video.

What’s next for H3CZ?

H3CZ has not officially revealed his future plans in esports, but the statement ends by confirming that “both parties look forward to the new Call of Duty franchised-league.” 

By joining NRG, H3CZ would be involved with the Chicago franchise, which was the previous base of OpTic prior to the Infinite takeover, when operations moved to Texas., 

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Under H3CZ’s direction, OpTic became one of the most recognizable brands in all of esports and gaming entertainment, and new franchise organizations will likely find his skills and experience invaluable.

Robert Paul, Blizzard EntertainmentHouston Outlaws was OpTic’s franchise in the Overwatch League.

What’s next for OpTic?

The Call of Duty team is the last remnants of the org, but the future of the 2019 season’s roster is now uncertain, with Crimsix having already announced restricted free agency.

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Immortals hold one of two LA franchise spots in OpTic’s name for the upcoming Call of Duty franchise league, starting in 2020, but it’s unclear if any players from the old roster will be retained. The franchise’s name and branding is yet to be announced.

OpTic’s CS:GO and Overwatch League (Houston Outlaws) teams are to be sold off, while the League of Legends LCS team will be rebranded to Immortals in 2020.

Reports suggest that a deal has been agreed for the purchase of Houston Outlaws by Houston real estate investor Lee Zebien, in the region of $40 million.

Shortly after H3CZ’ announcement, longtime member Di3sel also confirmed that he would “ride with my pal”, and leave OpTic.

There has also been an exodus of OpTic content creators, with veterans of the organization like Michael ‘Flamesword’ ChavezWill ‘BigTymeR’ Johnson and Marcus ‘MBoZe’ Blanks all officially leaving.

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

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Weird Warzone glitch forces players into hearing never-ending rock music

Published: 13/Oct/2020 12:35

by James Busby

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Warzone players have been rocking out to the game’s new vehicle music as they drive through the frozen fields of Verdansk. However, for some, these catchy tunes never end.

There’s no denying that Warzone Season 6 has had its fair share of problems. Aside from the train station teething problems and return of the ‘demon gun’ texture glitch, there have been some new additions to the seemingly ever-growing bugfix list.

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So far, Activision has had to fix an overpowered bug that allowed the AS VAL to shoot through unlimited walls, a game-breaking unlimited Stim glitch, and now Modern Warfare fans are reporting a rock and roll related problem. 

While Warzone’s new music tracks certainly liven up your drive time commutes across Verdansk, they can also pose a risk to your game-winning plays. This is particularly true when the music in question doesn’t actually stop. The continuous blare of heavy rock certainly gets us pumped in games like DOOM, but it really doesn’t help in FPS titles like Warzone where you need to hear enemy footsteps. 

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What is the Warzone music glitch? 

The addition of playable vehicle music certainly isn’t a new feature in Warzone – in fact, players have been able to equip certain CoD related tracks since Season 5. However, music fans can now listen to their favorite tracks from the likes of DMX, Skrillex, Jack Harlow, and iconic themes from across the Call of Duty series. 

Unfortunately, these tunes have caused a rather interesting and mildly infuriating glitch. The bug seems to happen when you or any of your squadmates have any of the game’s War Tracks equipped and enter a vehicle. While this bug may not be that bad when listening to the game’s quieter tracks, things can get incredibly frustrating when the heavy metal Juggernaut theme plays on a loop.

You may be tempted to blow up your vehicle or drive it off the nearest cliff edge, but even this won’t stop the never-ending audio. Some players have reported that they still hear vehicle music, even when they have the audio option turned off in the game’s settings. “The rock music won’t stop, even after getting out of the vehicle. To top it off, my teammate and I had already turned the audio off before the game,” says one frustrated player

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“After it just wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t hear A THING, we even destroyed the vehicle in hopes it would quiet down. Ultimately, we just disconnected when we couldn’t take it anymore.” Some Warzone players have even reported that they managed to get to the final ring with the same heavy rock track blaring down their earphones. 

How to fix the Warzone vehicle music glitch

Modern Warfare Juggernaut
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It seems the Juggernaut War Track is the most common offender.

Fortunately, some crafty players have discovered that you can fix this pesky audio issue by selecting the Black Ops music pack from the War Tracks menu. Meanwhile, if you encounter the problem mid-game, simply enter another vehicle in the hopes that it fixes the never-ending audio loop. 

There have even been reports that constantly getting in and out of the offending vehicle will eventually fix the issue. Of course, your experience may vary and some of these fixes may not work. Warzone Season 6 certainly seems to be off to a rocky start and it looks like we’ll just have to wait until Activision officially fixes this audio issue in a future patch. 

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