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Archive • Mar 08, 2018

OpTic Gaming Announce They're Dropping Their World Championship Halo Team

The OpTic Gaming organization has announced that they're dropping the reigning Halo World Champions. The four-man lineup has dominated the Halo scene since joining from Counter Logic Gaming in September 2016 and went on to place top two at every event since making the switch, including winning the Halo World Championships in March 2017.

OpTic's decision to release the roster and leave competitive Halo was confirmed by the organization, who revealed that after a period of analysis and internal discussion, they've decided to part ways with the team. The change comes just months after OpTic was bought in a multi-million dollar deal with Infinite Esports that saw the brand secure franchise spots in the NA LCS and the Overwatch League (under Houston Outlaws).

The news will come as a huge blow to the Halo community who just celebrated their first event under MLG, when Splyce took down OpTic in the grand final at MLG Orlando 2018 in February. Official OpTic statement:
After a period of analysis and internal discussion, OpTic Gaming has come to a difficult decision: we are exiting competitive Halo. As the esports industry’s landscape is rapidly changing, so too must we constantly evaluate our business strategies against it. We are, of course, justifiably proud of our players’ accomplishments – whether it be gold at the 2017 Halo World Championships and Dreamhack Denver, or the weekly NA 2K Series Cups, and the unprecedented tenure they collectively boast as a team. But as our agenda evolves, we find that our paths must now diverge. Our nearly half a decade long journey through the Halo esports scene was an electrifying experience, and we are humbly grateful for the fans that have supported us along the way. Going forward, we will build upon the foundation set by our experiences, following the blueprint that distinguishes us as a leading esports organization and one you continue to be proud to represent.

The OpTic Gaming Halo team took to Twitter to explain the situation with Paul 'Snakebit' Duarte explaining that they simply couldn't come to an agreement when renegotiating their contracts. x At the time of writing is not clear where the team will end up ahead of the World Championships in Seattle later this year, but as one of the top Halo teams in history, we doubt they'll be free agents for long.