Chicago Huntsmen CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and star Call of Duty player Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson have explained why esports team houses don’t work in their episode of H3CZ’s ‘Eavesdrop’ podcast.
Team houses were long viewed as a luxury, highly-desired commodity in the esports industry, seen as the height of team cohesion and an organization’s success. H3CZ himself has a lot of experience with team houses, having had multiple over the years to host his players in all different titles.
Now though, he sees the error of his ways and has spoken with Arcitys about why he no longer sees them as a good investment.
Asking about Arcitys’ brother, Florida Mutineers’ Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, H3CZ wanted to know if they had a team house or space to use. Arcitys explained that they have apartments and a facility they have to attend for practice – something he’s not a fan of.
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“I understand moving to the same state,” he started. “I could even live in the same apartments as a team, but I don’t want to go to practice in the same facility every single day with the same team.”
H3CZ agreed with the 2019 world champion, and said that “sometimes it’s cool to have a space where people can go and do that,” but added that it’s more from a content standpoint than competitive.
Arcitys went on to reference the times he would spend in Columbus, Ohio with Prestinni and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, who he teamed with for three years.
He said that during those couple of weeks every month or so, they would end up just wanting to spend time by themselves instead of constantly being around each other, with H3CZ stating that the time spent together at events (when you don’t have to see each other every day) makes the tournament better.
Team facilities like the one in Florida are becoming more common for large-scale organizations, such as those who have made the investment to participate in franchised leagues, and recently 100 Thieves opened the biggest esports facility in the US.
As yet, Chicago Huntsmen have not required their players to move into apartments or to attend a team facility together, with the group spread out across the country in various states and cities.
Despite this, team facilities and team houses are still commonplace in the industry, with more teams opening their quarters on a regular basis. Though some players might not like it, in the future, a team office of some sort might just become the norm.