OpTic parent company Infinite Esports layoff a host of staff including president Chris Chaney - Dexerto

OpTic parent company Infinite Esports layoff a host of staff including president Chris Chaney

Published: 10/Oct/2018 17:23 Updated: 6/Nov/2018 14:30

by Joe O'Brien


Infinite Esports & Entertainment President Chris Chaney has been replaced by Ryan ‘OpTicJ’ Musselman as more changes are made at the organization.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


FunPlus Phoenix reportedly returning to CSGO with GODSENT roster

Published: 21/Oct/2020 2:40

by Alan Bernal


FunPlus Phoenix have reportedly entered discussions to acquire the GODSENT roster and return to the CSGO landscape in the coming weeks.

FunPlus Phoenix have had a rather unceremonious start to their journey in CS:GO. Known for winning the League of Legends World Championship in 2019, they looked to enter the popular FPS title through Flashpoint in 2020.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing. They picked up and let go of rosters: first Heroic, then Bad News Bears. Now though, they’re looking like they’re ready to pick up their third, and potentially final roster.

KRYSTAL and the rest of the GODSENT lineup could be making a move to FPX.

GODSENT is reportedly in “advanced discussions” with FunPlus Phoenix to take their roster onboard for the remainder of the year, according to HLTV and DBLTAP.

If the two teams agree to terms, that means that the lineup consisting of Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend, Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk, Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala, Pavle ‘maden’ Bošković, and Asger ‘farlig’ Jensen would soon wear black and red.

The deal could also bring current GODSENT coach Jonatan ‘Devilwalk’ Lundberg into the fold with the new org.

In late-September, FunPlus announced Petar ‘peca’ Markovi as the General Manager for both Valorant and CSGO divisions. Now it looks like peca is making an all-in purchase for the EU roster that is ranked 19th in the world at the time of publishing.

Michal Konkol via Riot Games
The FPX banner could fly in CSGO again soon.

The general manager also indicated, regardless of a team-acquisition, that FPX wouldn’t participate in Flashpoint Season 2. Although one of the founding teams, FunPlus will instead “take [their] time and focus on 2021.

“We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster,” he said.

The org initially expected to play with Heroic’s roster back in March, which would have included Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen among others. Unfortunately, that deal fell through, which prompted FPX to target Swole Patrol’s roster, though that didn’t pan out as well.

Eventually, they temporarily fielded the Bad News Bears for the second leg of Flashpoint 1, after only playing one match prior and forfeiting the rest of the first phase.

While the FPX front office successfully put together a Worlds championship roster in 2019 for League of Legends, it’s going to once again attempt to bring a similar metric of success for CSGO.

Peca teased that there could be “news soon,” and if the reports turn out to be realized FPX could be announcing its acquisition of the GODSENT lineup in the near future.