Ex-Infinite Esports president explains what went wrong with OpTic and Houston Outlaws - Dexerto

Ex-Infinite Esports president explains what went wrong with OpTic and Houston Outlaws

Published: 3/Aug/2019 0:02 Updated: 6/Aug/2019 9:17

by Bill Cooney


Former Infinite Esports president Chris Chaney appeared on ESPN to talk about why things happened the way they did with OpTic and the Houston Outlaws.

Infinite Esports was bought out by Immortals, who now own the OpTic brand and owned two Overwatch League teams for a few weeks.

Now, the Outlaws have a new owner and Chaney told ESPN how he feels about the team and OpTic being in new hands.

What went wrong with OpTic and the Outlaws?

Cheney said that he and the rest of the Infinite leadership learned a lot in a short period of time when they got into esports.

“Ultimately my partners at infinite made the decision it was best for us to focus primarily on the team side and reallocate resources there,” he said. “Versus also being active as a venture builder in the space.”

Robert Paul/Blizzard EntertainmentThe Outlaws are a fan favorite in the Overwatch League.

Cheney said it was difficult to walk away from the company he founded, but ultimately he felt it was the right decision to make.

“I decided it was best to allow a new executive team to take the reigns and lead the company in a new direction,” he told ESPN.

He did say he was optimistic about the future of the Houston Outlaws just after they got a new owner.

What’s going on with the Outlaws ownership?

News broke on August 1 that the Outlaws had been purchased for $40 million by Houston-area real estate investor Lee Zieben.

Cheney said he was “really excited” about the future of the Outlaws and that it was great to see the team in new hands and to have someone local behind the team.

Robert Paul/Blizzard EntertainmentThe Outlaws will have a new owner headed into 2020.

With a new owner and a period of uncertainty over for the Outlaws, it’ll be interesting to see what the team Cheney helped start does in Overwatch League Season 3.


Leeds United partners with NiP to start FIFA team in the ePremier League

Published: 2/Dec/2020 17:00

by Adam Fitch


English professional football club Leeds United have established a partnership with longstanding esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The alliance centers around FIFA — specifically for the third season of the ePremier League, the official esports league associated with the top flight of English football.

Leeds United have joined the ePremier League after being promoted to the Premier League for the 2020/21 season.

At the time of publication, Ninjas in Pyjamas have one FIFA player; Swedish player Olle ‘Ollelito’ Arbin joined the organization in February 2020.

Ollelito Ninjas in Pyjamas FIFA
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas entered FIFA in February 2020 by signing Ollelito.

The ePremier League was confirmed to return for its third season on November 26. It has a combined prize purse of £40,000 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will see FIFA players represent Premier League clubs.

“Promotion to the Premier League has given the club some amazing opportunities so far with involvement in the ePremier League the latest chance for the club to grow and impress,” said Leeds United’s executive director Paul Bell.

“Just as Marcelo has done with the men’s first team, we intend on making our presence in the league known and being competitive straight away, creating a partnership with NiP will give us a fantastic foundation to do so. Bring it on.”

The competition starts with online qualification in January 2021, with representatives for each team competing to see who will advance to online playoffs. In-person finals are expected to take place in the spring, though dates are yet to be confirmed.

The ePremier League finals will once again be broadcast across Sky Sports, Premier League’s digital channels, and EA SPORTS’ FIFA channel on Twitch.

In the second season of the tournament, Watford emerged victorious with Tom ‘Hashtag Tom’ Leese taking the top spot and the £20,000 first-place prize. Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Liverpool rounded out the top four finishers.