Infinite Esports & Entertainment President Chris Chaney has been replaced by Ryan ‘OpTicJ’ Musselman as more changes are made at the organization.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.
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
Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.
The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.
This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.
So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.
The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.
Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.
In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.
Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule
FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.