Infinite Esports & Entertainment President Chris Chaney has been replaced by Ryan ‘OpTicJ’ Musselman as more changes are made at the organization.
According to SportsBusinessDaily, the move comes amid sweeping changes at the OpTic Gaming parent company, with 19 employees being laid off.
Musselman is one of the most veteran figures within the organization, having been one of the earliest members of OpTic Gaming in its infancy as a Call of Duty team before returning later to help expand it as a business.
"Generally speaking, we think we grew too fast,” Musselman told SportsBusinessDaily, “I do want to emphasize we’re not losing sight of the model of what we built.”
Chaney will retain his co-founder and ownership position.
The news comes following a series of high-profile departures in recent weeks, most notably with the likes of Infinite Director of International Development Ali ‘Alicus’ Saba, OpTic Gaming General Manager Romain Bigeard, and Houston Outlaws assistant coach Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder leaving their respective positions.
The staff reductions aren’t limited to the organization’s various esports teams, however, with Online Editor Obscurica, Software Developer Justin Clarke, and Graphic Designer Matlock also announcing their departure from the organization.
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Though no announcement has been made yet, according to OpTic content creator Hitch, OpTic Gaming CEO and Owner Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is currently considering returning to a more active role in the organization.
Following OpTic Gaming’s acquisition by Texas Rangers co-Owner Neil Leibman and the establishment of Infinite as a holding company, H3CZ revealed that he would be taking more personal time as the new structure allowed for some of the weight to be shared. Now, however, it seems he could be considering reclaiming more control over the direction of the organization, a prospect that is sure to excite OpTic fans.
Full disclosure: OpTic CEO Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd