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Immortals give update on H3CZ’s position within OpTic Gaming organization

Published: 25/Jun/2019 9:06 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:37

by Miguel Lozada

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Immortals Gaming Club has provided an update on the status of Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez, the long-time CEO largely credited with the growth of the OpTic Gaming brand, which Immortals now owns.

Following Immortals’ $100 million acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, which included OpTic’s Call of Duty, CS:GO, League of Legends and Overwatch (as Houston Outlaws) teams, H3CZ’s involvement in the organization has been unclear.

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Giving an update on his position, A representative from Immortals has told Unikrn that Rodriguez “remains a shareholder” in the OpTic Gaming brand, but “would not comment” on if he still had any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Prior to the sale to Immortals, H3CZ was reportedly involved in a separate bid to purchase Infinite, but his bid was rejected.

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It was then reported that H3CZ would meet with Immortals CEO Ari Segal to discuss the potential of reprising his role as CEO of OpTic, and to take a more hands on approach with the Call of Duty team.

The outcome of such a meeting, if it took place, are unknown, but Unikrn believes that H3CZ is fulfilling a similar role to what he held under Infinite’s ownership, able to provide advice and weigh in on matters relating to the team, but unable to make any unilateral decisions.

Riot GamesThe OpTic Gaming LCS team will be rebranded to Immortals.

OpTic’s CS:GO team is to be sold off, with coach Ruggah confirming on June 24 that they are searching “for a new home”. The Overwatch League team, Houston Outlaws, will also be sold.

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The League of Legends team will eventually be rebranded to Immortals, leaving only the Gears of War and Call of Duty team to carry the OpTic brand, which is where H3CZ will presumably have the most involvement.

He was in attendance at CWL Anaheim with the CoD team on June 14 – 16, where they finished 3rd after a loss to GenG. The big focus for Call of Duty esports is not this year though, but next, when the first season of the city-based franchise league will begin.

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

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 0:53

by Tanner Pierce

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After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.

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Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.

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As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

Barret M82 from blackopscoldwar

For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.

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The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

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The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.

What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.

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