Report: OpTic H3CZ considering Houston Outlaws purchase and new organization - Dexerto

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


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.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.