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Report: OpTic H3CZ considering Houston Outlaws purchase and new organization

Published: 13/Jun/2019 11:19 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 15:16

by Calum Patterson

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Following the $100m acquisition of OpTic Gaming parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment, long-time CEO Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez is, according to a report from Rush B Media, considering founding a new organization and purchasing Overwatch League team Houston Outlaws.

Immortals Gaming Club officially confirmed the acquisition of Infinite on June 12, securing their assets, including the legendary OpTic brand and its associated rosters.

That included their world famous Call of Duty team, the CS:GO roster and their franchise league teams; OpTic Gaming in the LCS and Houston Outlaws in the Overwatch League. Notably, no mention was made of the dominant Gears of War roster in their press release.

OpTic Gaming - YouTubeH3CZ has been the figurehead of the GreenWall for over a decade.

The Call of Duty and League of Legends teams will be retained by Immortals, with the latter being rebranded to ‘Immortals’ in 2020, but both the CS:GO and Overwatch League teams will be sold.

HECZ could purchase Outlaws as “building block” for new org

According to a report from report from Will Land at Rush B Media, H3CZ, who steered the OpTic ship for over a decade, is looking to “potentially purchase the Outlaws”, using it as a platform from which to launch a new esports organization entirely.

Immortals stated their intentions to secure a spot in the Call of Duty franchise league with the OpTic roster, and while RushB sources don’t know if H3CZ will also pursue a spot in the league, he apparently threatened to “take the CoD team and leave”, months prior to Infinite selling up.

Robert Paul, Blizzard EntertainmentThe Houston Outlaws is OpTic’s brand in the city-based Overwatch League.

Activision is reportedly charging $25 million for a spot in the franchised Call of Duty league (more than both the first season of OWL and LCS), a purchase that is likely unfeasible without external funding.

Indeed, this is how OpTic managed to acquire the league spots in the first place, thanks to the investment from Infinite, but the deal has certainly not panned out as hoped.

ESPN’s Jacob Wolf has reports that of the $100 million value for the buyout, there is still $10 million owed to Activision Blizzard for the Overwatch League spot, a debt which H3CZ would presumably take on if he were to acquire the Houston Outlaws, as RushB claims he is considering.

H3CZ has remained tight-lipped following the news of the acquisition being completed, and his ownership status within the OpTic organization is currently up in the air. Earlier reports did suggest he was attempting to make a deal with Immortals to retain day-to-day operational responsibilities.

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Crimsix backs “underrated” Slacked after CoD pro is snubbed by CDL teams

Published: 31/Oct/2020 11:10

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty legend Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has backed fellow pro player Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry, after Slacked revealed he is set for a period in the Challengers League with no CDL teams willing to take him. 

While not a competitor for the title of best player of all time, Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry has consistently proven himself to be among the very best Call of Duty professionals in the world. He has won a host of major tournaments, most recently CWL Fort Worth in Black Ops 4 and CWL Birmingham in WWII.

However, the Modern Warfare season proved incredibly challenging for Slacked and his Seattle Surge roster. The team were barely competitive at any tournament, and three-time CoD World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow announced his retirement amid their struggles.

Now, as the Call of Duty League heads towards its second season, it seems the Surge’s struggles are fresh in the minds of the powers that be, because Slacked is set to face a season in the Challengers portion of the League.

Seattle Surge original roster for the first CDL season
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Seattle Surge’s roster has collapsed off the back of a poor first season.

Slacked to miss out on CDL?

On October 30, the ex-Luminosity pro tweeted that he was “shocked” at how the offseason has gone so far, with offers from CDL teams essentially non-existent.

“[I’m] still a F/A and looking like challengers,” he said. “Won back to back to back to back titles & had the best average placing before MW out of anyone other than the OpTic dynasty. So sad how the CoD scene is ran nowadays.”

CoD World Champion and all-time great Crimsix involved himself in the discussion, backing his fellow pro to find a CDL team ahead of the new season.

“CDL teams… cmon guys…” he tweeted. “Slacked is a prime example of a player who makes the people around him better. Consistent for years and, in my humble opinion, severely underrated in terms of what he can bring to a team.”

The endorsement, particularly from one of the very best to ever play Call of Duty, is a big compliment for Slacked. Whether it sees him picked up by a CDL outfit remains another issue, but it’s clear that at least some of those at the very top believe Slacked has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

The second CDL season is set to be fascinating, with Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves set to acquire the spot previously held by Los Angeles OpTic, and rumors that the Greenwall brand will find its way back to H3CZ in Chicago. We’ll be the first to update you if it does.