Report: Immortals complete Infinite buyout; will keep OpTic Gaming brand - Dexerto
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Report: Immortals complete Infinite buyout; will keep OpTic Gaming brand

Published: 7/Jun/2019 16:20 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 12:13

by Ross Deason

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Overwatch franchise, Houston Outlaws, has been in doubt for a number of weeks as numerous reports suggested that Immortals and current OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez were in a bidding war for Infinite.

On June 7 ESPN’s Jacob Wolf published a report stating that sources familiar with the deal had confirmed that Immortals Gaming Club had won the bid, acquiring Infinite Esports and Entertainment “for cash and equity worth $35 to $45 million.”

H3CZ / YouTubeH3CZ’s bid for Infinite Esports & Entertainment was reportedly beaten by Immortals.

With the deal done, Immortals Gaming Club will also take control of OpTic Gaming and their League of Legends LCS slot but will reportedly have to facilitate a sale for the Houston Outlaws due to Immortals already owning the Los Angeles Valiant franchise in the Overwatch League.

As for the future of OpTic Gaming’s other teams and the brand itself, Wolf reports that Immortals will have to complete payments for Infinite’s 2017 purchase of 90% of the company for a reported sum of $17 million.

OpTic Gaming will now be added to Immortals Gaming Club’s ever-growing portfolio of esports organizations, teams and businesses which include MIBR, Los Angeles Valiant and Immortals themselves.

Wolf states that Immortals are currently in discussions about purchasing a franchise spot for the Call of Duty World League in 2020, presumably hoping to attach the OpTic name to one of the city-based league spots.

OpTic’s minority owner, and longtime CEO, H3CZ reportedly “met with Leibman and Immortals CEO Ari Segal in Frisco, Texas,” to “discuss Rodriguez’s potential involvement in the OpTic Gaming franchise moving forward” on May 15 but whether or not that involvement will continue is currently undetermined.

With H3CZ’s ongoing involvement anything but certain, the future of the OpTic Gaming brand remains up in the air. The future of the CS:GO roster is also uncertain given the fact that Immortals already own the MIBR Counter-Strike roster after purchasing the brand in 2018.

For members of the Green Wall, OpTic’s ever loyal and vocal fanbase, answers about the future and confirmation of ESPN’s report will be waited upon with bated breath.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun

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Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.

 

Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.