According to the former CoD pro though, 100 Thieves very nearly didn’t exist, as he revealed that he was offered the opportunity to own a stake in FaZe Clan shortly after his departure from OpTic Gaming.
In the June 20 episode of his Selfmade podcast, Nadeshot revealed that after exiting OpTic back in 2015, he received an offer to join the ownership structure of FaZe Clan, and that guest Justine ‘iJustine’ Ezarik and her sister Jenna convinced him to not to.
“I’ve never talked about this before, I was offered a pretty sizeable equity stake in FaZe Clan,” the 26-year-old stated. “I left OpTic, I was on my own, I’m still good friends with a lot of the guys over there, and I could have been a very significant owner of FaZe Clan.”
“I love what they’re doing, and they have a very unique spin on esports and content. But [iJustine] and Jenna were always like ‘No, don’t do it, red flag. Do it on your own. It’s not yours, that legacy has already been created.’”
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Nadeshot eventually agreed with the Ezariks’ opinion, creating 100 Thieves which has grown into a worldwide name in esports and content.
The organization has disappointed in League of Legends, their first esports title, throughout 2019 with extremely poor results, but their Call of Duty squad’s back-to-back major wins set them up as favorites for the World Championships which take place in August.
The landscape of esports could have been very different though, especially if Nadeshot had chosen to link up with FaZe Clan after his OpTic departure.