H3CZ breaks silence on OpTic Gaming buyout speculation - Dexerto
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H3CZ breaks silence on OpTic Gaming buyout speculation

Published: 21/May/2019 12:46 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 12:08

by Calum Patterson


Co-Founder of OpTic Gaming, Hector ‘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 League of Legends Championship Series.

MLGSpeculation over OpTic Gaming’s future has been rife following news of a potential buyout.

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”.”

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.

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.

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale


Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.