CouRage has exploded in popularity since he made the decision to quit as a Call of Duty caster back in March 2018, in favor of full time streaming. Since then, he has become a recognized Fortnite Battle Royale personality, even officially casting tournaments for Epic Games.
On May 31, during a Reddit AMA, he revealed how he knew he would not be staying with OpTic Gaming for long, after joining them shortly after leaving the Call of Duty World League.
CouRage wrote that as he travelled to Texas – where OpTic is now based – he was “excited as ever.” However, this attitude changed when he landed, and “every single member had their Twitter blacked out protesting the decision to drop OpTic Halo”.
OpTic’s Halo team was dropped in March 2018, despite their incredible success – winning the 2017 World Championship and placing 1st or 2nd at every tournament they played under the Greenwall. The decision was generally attributed to parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment, who bought a majority share of OpTic Gaming from H3CZ in 2017.
CouRage said that it was at “that exact moment” that he knew his time on OpTic Gaming was going to be “short-lived”.
The controversy surrounding OpTic Gaming and Infinite Esports is still ongoing, as rumors of them trying to offload the CoD team and selling OpTic to Immortals dominate the esports scene, as CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez scrambles to save them.
It seems that it was this uncertainty and chaos between OpTic’s members and owners that made CouRage realize he would not be on the team for long. He left OpTic in November 2018, and has since joined rival organization 100 Thieves, owned by ex-OpTic CoD player Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag.
While CouRage enjoys the rewards of his hard-work, OpTic itself seems to be at risk of collapse, as the way Infinite are handling the organization appears all the more detrimental to its longevity.