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OpTic Podcast reveals how regular players will be able to play at the Arlington Esports Stadium

Published: 26/Oct/2018 12:41 Updated: 6/Nov/2018 14:04

by Matt Porter


Since the announcement of the Esports Stadium, a specialised venue for competitive gaming built in Arlington, Texas, fans have been interested in what the proposed arena will be like.

Thankfully, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Will ‘BigTymer’ Johnson and Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop took their popular Texas-based OpTic Podcast on the road, and made the short trip to discuss the future of the Esports Stadium with project head Corey Dunn.

While discussing the plans for the future of the arena, Dunn revealed that the stadium won’t be exclusively used for professional gaming events, but will be open to the public during the week, allowing them to test their mettle against each other. 

Dunn also announced that they will be running leagues for local players out of the stadium, across numerous games, with players competing for prize pools and the ability to play on the Esport Stadium’s massive stage. 

the stadium will hold over 2000 spectators in its main competition area, which features the world’s largest esports stage, standing at 85 feet wide, along with a huge 85-foot-long LED screen behind it.

Along with the massive main stage, there is also space for side stations to allows numerous matches to take place at once, along with a feature stage connected to the main arena portion of the stadium.

Something that Dunn is proud of is the “8 team rooms” that they have built and are ready for use, which will give teams private areas to practice before their matches.

The Esports Stadium will officially open on Saturday, November 24, and will host the FACEIT ECS Grand Finals, meaning that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be the first competitive game played in the arena.

Disclaimer: OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 Invitational: Teams, schedule, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 5:50

by Brad Norton


Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups will be going live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Not much else is known regarding a specific schedule or format just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when brackets are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for highlights and final results as the Black Ops 2 Invitational gets underway.