Esports

Location of new 100 Thieves facility pays homage to former OpTic house

Published: 17/Jan/2020 4:50

by Brad Norton

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Whether it was by design or just a major coincidence for the team at 100 Thieves, their brand new headquarters in Los Angeles appears to pay homage to Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s humble beginnings under the OpTic Gaming banners.

Nadeshot originally rose to fame throughout his time as a professional Call of Duty player with OpTic Gaming. Now he’s the CEO of popular gaming and apparel organization 100 Thieves, after hanging up the sticks in 2017 to pursue his own endeavors in the esports industry.

With $35 million secured in a recent round of funding, a state of the art 100 Thieves facility is on the way in 2020 and perhaps coincidentally, the Los Angeles address brings Nadeshot’s career full circle, according to photos shared by Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau.

100 Thieves Los Angeles Facility internal layout.
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A look inside the layout of the brand new 100 Thieves facility.

Set to house all competitive rosters and content creators as well as the apparel team designing fresh merchandise, the new 100 Thieves facility looks to include all aspects of the company under one roof.

After months of construction behind the scenes, the grand opening of the new headquarters could be right around the corner, according to new photos revealed on social media showing just how complete the  “100 Thieves Cash App Compound” really is.

While the entire building is painted black outside of the branding, a few numbers can be seen to the far right of the facility. Those numbers reveal the exact street address to be 6050 Jefferson Blvd in Los Angeles, California. 

The significance of these exact digits harkens back to Nadeshot’s time with OpTic Gaming. One of the first gaming houses that he was a part of also happened to include the same numbers.

6050 Russell Drive is where he spent countless hours streaming Call of Duty and making content with everyone else on the OpTic squad. 

Perhaps intending to recapture the essence of those glory days early in his career, Nadeshot will soon be creating content out of a 6050 address once again, and time will only tell if that magic can be reproduced.

esports stars Scump, Nadeshot, and BigTymer join H3CZ.
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Members of the original 6050 crew recently joined former OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez to reminisce on old times.

Until a member of 100 Thieves officially comments on the matter, there’s no telling whether this was an intentional play from Nadeshot and the crew, or if it was just a stunning coincidence.

Starting off 2020 with a bang, the organization revealed its first batch of merch for the year on January 15 with a first-look at three new jersey designs.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.