Esports

OpTic Gaming Co-Founder leaves in aftermath of Immortals buyout

Published: 20/Jul/2019 21:43 Updated: 20/Jul/2019 22:28

by Alan Bernal

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Controversial OpTic Gaming co-founder and Infinite Esports President Ryan ‘J’ Musselman has departed from the company following the Greenwall’s sell to the Immortals Gaming Club.

Greenwall fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster ride since Immortals gained control of the OpTic brand on June 12, which has been resulting in what seems to be non-stop changes to the legendary name.

Although Immortals gave a pretty clear guideline on how they were going to manage the OpTic Gaming brand post buyout, there’s still been troubling developments that have left onlookers scratching their heads.

OpTic Gaming is already seeing major changes in the Immortals era.

A new development first reported by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf revealed that OpTic veteran and key executive during the brand’s buyout saga J is departing the organization in the aftermath of the transaction.

“OpTic Gaming co-founder and Infinite Esports President Ryan ‘J’ Musselman left his post as the company’s top executive on Friday, following the Immortals acquisition of the teams,” Wolf said.

The report says J had resigned his position as early as Friday July 19, after he had been the target of a wave of backlash forcing him to take a step back from popular social media platforms.

Previously, relations between J and various members under the OpTic umbrella had been slowly deteriorating as the former executive allegedly at one time tried to “Thanos” the star-studded Call of Duty team.

J really lost favor with OpTic fans in the build-up and fallout of Immortals’ purchase of the brand, which has finally culminated in the executive from severing ties with what’s left of the Greenwall.

At the time of writing, it is unknown where the former Infinite Esports President will land next following his long term with OpTic Gaming.

Immortals buyout changing OpTic Gaming

Fans of multiple esports are seeing big changes in OpTic Gaming’s teams since there’s already been surprising changes made following the buyout.

So far, one of the biggest developments to come out of the buyout was the release of the entire legendary Gears of War team that had been a longtime fixture of the Greenwall.

Gears Pro CircuitThe Immortals Gaming Club have been making controversial decisions since acquiring the OpTic brand, including letting go of their GoW team.

People on the outside looking in have been heavily critical of the changes happening to the OpTic brand, while former members of the Greenwall have already started up a new org to live up to the Greenwall’s former ways.

Fan reaction to J’s departure has been positive so far, but it just marks another major change for the OpTic brand following Immortal’s takeover.

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.