OpTic Gaming Call of Duty stars Seth 'Scump' Abner, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow and Ian 'Crimsix' Porter have shared their thoughts on the future of the organization’s CoD roster amid reports that Immortals are set to take control of the historic esports brand.
OpTic have been a staple of the esports scene for over a decade, but after a tough year in 2018, it appears that the organization may be winding down, as reports of a takeover by Los Angeles-based Immortals continue to swirl.
As more news continues to break surrounding the future of OpTic, Karma has shared what he thinks will happen to their Call of Duty lineup - and it makes bleak reading for fans of the Green Wall.
With Immortals seemingly lined up to take control of OpTic Gaming and all of their affiliated teams, it leaves a large group of players in an uncertain situation as to where their competitive future lies with the organization.
While Immortals are seemingly keen to take OpTic’s place in the League of Legends LCS, Karma feels they have less interest in Call of Duty, and with franchising on the horizon for 2020, feels his time at the historic brand may be drawing to a close.
In a post discussing the possible sale on the /r/CoDCompetitive subreddit, a user stated that he thought Immortals would hold on to the OpTic CoD team until the franchised league came into place, at which point they would drop them as they felt it was unlikely that they would pay the $25 million buy-in.
Unfortunately for OpTic fans, Karma agreed with the comment, writing: “I’d imagine this if it were to happen, but who knows,” confirming that he felt they would be forced to move on if OpTic’s sale does indeed go through.
Just hours after Karma made his comments about the ongoing situation, Crimsix shared his own thoughts via a post on Twitter, in which he said that he hasn't given the potential sale much thought since it's out of the players' hands.
PSA:— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) May 14, 2019
I don't know and don't care whats going on with the OpTic/Immortals situation. I learned a long time ago that you should never worry or think about things you can't control. Map by map, everything else is a distraction.
Unlike his two teammates, Scump did not have much to say about the potential sale, instead opting to tweet out a GIF of himself to express his frustrations.
Although he did not specifically mention that the GIF was about the buyout reports, the timing seemed way too appropriate for it too have been about something else.
According to a report from Esports Insider, Immortals are “close” to finalizing a deal to take control of OpTic Gaming.
It’s believed that Immortals are most interested in the organization’s LCS spot after they missed out on gaining entry to the competition two years ago. Immortals would take control of all of OpTic’s rosters, but with the company already owning MiBR in CS:GO, it's likely they would attempt to sell them, while their ownership of the L.A. Valiant in the Overwatch League means they would be forced to offload the Houston Outlaws.
What would happen to the rest of the OpTic lineups is currently uncertain, but with a deadline for the sale rumored to be set for May 31, it seems like we will probably find out sooner rather than later.