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OpTic Gaming, Team Envy and CompLexity secure major partnership with GameStop

Published: 27/Mar/2019 14:28 Updated: 27/Mar/2019 15:09

by Calum Patterson

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Three major North American esports organizations, OpTic Gaming, Team Envy and CompLexity Gaming, have announced their partnership with game retailer GameStop on March 27.

In addition to the main teams, OpTic and Envy’s Overwatch League franchises, the Houston Outlaws and Dallas Fuel respectively, are also partners in the deal.

CompLexity’s esports training facilities and headquarters in Frisco, Texas is the focal point of their deal with GameStop. In fact, all three of the organizations partnering with GameStop are Texas based.

GameStopThe GameStop performance center in Frisco.

GameStop itself is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, and so is very much supporting the “local” esports scene in the state.

The partnership comes only a week after OpTic Gaming announced a major non-endemic sponsorship with car manufacturer Nissan, who also sponsored FaZe Clan.

The influx of these large partners is perhaps as necessary as it is exciting. Organization’s like OpTic, Envy and CompLexity are charged with obtaining millions in investment if they are to secure spots in the franchised leagues which are taking over many of the biggest esports titles.

OpTic are already fielding teams in the LCS and Overwatch League (with the Houston Outlaws), both of which required buy-in fees of upwards of $10 million.

Team Envy were unsuccessful in their application to the LCS, but similarly purchased an Overwatch League spot in Season One with the Dallas Fuel.

Both OpTic and Envy will undoubtedly be aiming to secure a spot in the 2020 Call of Duty World league, but reports have claimed that Activision will be charging a whopping $25 million for a spot, making these big name sponsorships almost a requirement.

GameStop will know that the large fanbases of these teams is likely more than enough to warrant the partnership, and with esports audiences growing at an almost exponential rate, it’s no surprise they are getting in on the action.

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CSGO Player Ditches ENCE for Military | Richard Lewis Reacts to Sergej’s Exit

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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The loss of Jere “sergej” Salo to military service could be very bad news for Finnish esports org ENCE’s prospects “for the rest of their sorry existence,” according to Richard Lewis.

ENCE started out as a genuine underdog story from Finland, a region that has definitely contributed its fair share of great players to professional Counter-Strike over the years.

When Sergej joined the team at 16 he was already one of the standout players on the roster, and helped ENCE compete as one of the top teams in the world. But, the cutting of Aleksi ‘Aleksib’ Virolainen in early 2020 sent the team into a “death spiral,” according to Lewis.

“He [sergej] looks to have gone into a terminal slump, I mean he’s barely scraping a one rating on HLTV.” Lewis said. “He clearly wants out, and then you hear the news that he’s being benched with immediate effect because he wants to go do his national service in Finland and get it out of the way now.”

Finland requires 3-6 months of compulsory military service for eligible males, however, it is possible to defer or put it off if you play esports, which is what many Finnish pros do, choosing to wait to do it until later.

For sergej to want to go and complete his service at 18, after being one of the best young players in the world “tells you all you need to know about what is going on in ENCE right now,” according to Lewis.