Co-Founder of OpTic Gaming, Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez, has finally spoken publicly about the rumored buyout of what was previously solely his own esports organization, reaffirming his "commitment" to the GreenWall.
H3CZ is largely responsible for the success and growth of the OpTic brand, running the organization for the better part of decade, expanding from its roots in Call of Duty to become one of the most recognized names in the industry.
He sold the majority of the business to Infinite Esports & Entertainment in 2017, a controversial decision among fans at the time, but one that allowed for investment which could help the organization further expand into pricey franchised leagues like the Overwatch League and the League of Legends Championship Series.
However, Infinite and the OpTic organization has struggled, both in-game and financially, with a number of failed projects.
H3CZ had effectively stepped down from the day-to-day operations of the organization, which many fans feel has led to the current situation, with Infinite attempting to sell OpTic, and Immortals said to be front-runners to complete the buyout.
It was reported that Rodriguez was meeting with Immortals representatives on May 15, to discuss a potential opportunity for him to return to the daily running of the organization, and perhaps continuing partial ownership.
On May 21, Hector confirmed that he was "trying, have been trying, and will continue to try, until the final “no”."
I don’t have an update at the moment, just know that I’m trying, have been trying, and will continue to try, until the final “no”. But know that my commitment to my teammates and the #Greenwall remains true.— Hector Rodriguez (@OpTicH3CZ) May 21, 2019
He also announced that his regular daily vlog uploads and his popular Podcast series, Eavesdrop, would be on hold for at least a week, as he focuses entirely on the buyout situation.
Vlogs and eavesdrop will resume next week. I have to put all of my efforts and focus on the task at hand.— Hector Rodriguez (@OpTicH3CZ) May 21, 2019
Fans have been eager to hear H3CZ' side of the story, and although he has given no details, it will be a relief to have confirmation of the reports from the man who was once the figurehead of their beloved team and organization.
H3CZ is believed to have met with Immortals CEO Ari Segal on May 15 to negotiate running OpTic’s daily operations and the CoD franchise, if Immortals' takeover is to be successful, but the outcome of the meeting is unknown.
Disclaimer: Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.