OpTic Gaming’s longest serving player, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, was asked during a recent live stream why some professional players “don’t respect” the OpTic organization, and he gave two possible reasons.
OpTic has the largest fan base of any organization in Call of Duty esports, thanks largely to their focus on content creation when other org’s somewhat neglected it, and of course being the winningest organization.
They may have struggled throughout the WWII season, failing to win a single event and going through a tumultuous roster change, which saw the roster of over 2 years finally split, but still remain among the favorites heading into Black Ops 4.
They have added two young players in Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly and Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, with the return of Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow completing the five man roster.
But, there is a perception among fans that some professional players hold a feeling of discontent towards the organization, or more specifically the fanbase, who can be passionate to say the least.
In response to the question of why some pros “don’t respect” OpTic, Scump replied “Jealousy, mostly”, before adding “and the fans piss them off, or that’s what people say. But it’s all good.”
Certain portions of OpTic’s fanbase have been called out in the past by both other pros and even the OpTic organization itself, for somewhat toxic behavior, including booing other teams as they walk out on stage to face OpTic.
And when OpTic lose or are eliminated from a tournament, there is certainly a section of fans who will lather abuse on the players, perhaps taking their criticizm to extremes.
But, the majority of fans, the same with any team, are simply passionate and care about both supporting and defending their favored players.
As for Scump’s assertion of ‘jealousy’, it is undeniable that some players will be envious of OpTic’s larger fanbase, but generally having such a large and passionate contingent of fans only benefits Call of Duty esports overall.
Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.
Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.
Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.
From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.
How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational
The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.
As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.
Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket
Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.
Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.