Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s retirement from competitive Call of Duty remains one of the biggest talking points in CoD Esports history.
Since his stepping down from OpTic Gaming’s competitive roster in 2015, fans have long since speculated as to why Nadeshot, who had enjoyed so much success throughout his career, was finally putting down the controller.
The decision came after the OpTic Gaming roster, which also included Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, finished 7th at the 2015 Call of Duty World Championship.
Nadeshot announced his plans to step down to his millions of subscribers on YouTube, and shortly after Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow replaced him in the OpTic line-up.
Some fans speculated that the poor placing at the World Championship was the cause, and others have suggested Nadeshot simply wanted to move on to pastures new – moving out to Los Angeles and growing his YouTube channel.
But the true cause of the decision is still debated. Another former OpTic Gaming player, James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, was live to viewers on Twitch during the Novemeber 12th 2K tournament with his current eUnited team, when he answered a question on the subject.
In answering the question, Clayster seems to suggest that Crimsix – Nadeshot’s teammate at the time – handed OpTic Gaming owner Hector ‘Hecz’ Rodriguez, an ultimatum.
Clayster claims that either Nadeshot was to be replaced on the roster, or Crimsix himself would have looked to play elsewhere.
“Nade quit because Crim told Hecz it was either Nade or Crim”
Of course it is not possible to verify Clayster’s claim, and it may have just been a tongue-in-cheek comment.
But given his position as a veteran player and a close friend of all involved, his version of events may well shed some light on a situation that still puzzles fans to this day.