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OpTic Gaming parent company to sell share of team

Published: 20/Jan/2019 22:49 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 1:41

by Vincent Genova

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OpTic Gaming is set for another ownership shuffle after news of Texas Esports, LLC is looking to sell their share of the organization.

Texas Esports is the majority shareholder of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, which owns OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws Overwatch League franchise.

According to sources at ESPN, Texas Esports will put up their share of Infinite for $150 million. The sale is expected to being in early February.

The OpTic Gaming brand has a large fan following.
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The move may have been in the works for some time as Infinite has seen rounds of layoffs since the fall, with OpTic Gaming founder Ryan ‘OpTicJ’ Mussleman taking over to help the company regain its focus.

“Generally speaking, we think we grew too fast,” OpTicJ told SportsBusinessDaily after the layoffs, “I do want to emphasize we’re not losing sight of the model of what we built.”

According to OpTicJ, there has been mismanagement in the organization that went against the direction of CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez.

The high price of $150 million will give you a few prestigious esports teams. In addition to a franchise in the Overwatch League, OpTic Gaming also has a spot in the League of Legends Championship Series. 

The Call of Duty team may currently be in negotiations for a permanent league place as well, as details for the CWL to convert to a franchise system were leaked by the owner of Team Kaliber.

Full disclosure: OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd

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New Warzone update removes helicopters & adds Juggourdnaut Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 19:56

by Tanner Pierce

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Infinity Ward has pushed out a new playlist update for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone and while it adds some modes to the game like Juggourdnaut Royale, it also removes helicopters from the night-version of its battle royale.

New playlist updates for Modern Warfare and Warzone, generally speaking, only change out the gamemodes in the game, but today’s is a bit special. According to some notes released by Infinity Ward, the new hotfix removes two major aspects of the title.

The first is the removal of helicopters from the night version of Verdansk, which is pretty major to say the least. Currently, it’s unclear exactly why Infinity Ward made this change, as they didn’t specify in their tweet. It could be due to a bug, low visibility, or something else entirely.

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Pumpkin heads have also been removed from Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In addition, the developer also removed the pumpkin heads due to a bug occurring, although exactly what that bug is was also not made clear. It’s also undetermined if this removal also affects the pumpkin heads on the juggernaut suit, which automatically has the head attached when you put it on.

Beyond these removals however, the update also adds a new mode, Juggourdnaut Royale. Despite the name being a bit different, this is the exact same mode as Juggernaut Royale, which was added to the game during Season 4. Players have to fight over juggernaut suits located around the map in order to survive.

On top of that, Infinity Ward also added BR Solo Survivor and Plunder: Candy Collector to the rotation, both of which appear to be renamed versions of the standard modes.

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes the developers to re-add the helicopter and pumpkin heads to the game. While the former has obviously been in the game from the start, the latter is a nice seasonal treat that will only be around for a couple more weeks.