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OpTic H3CZ concerned that PUBG esports could fail like H1Z1

Published: 13/Dec/2018 16:52 Updated: 13/Dec/2018 17:58

by Calum Patterson


Following OpTic Gaming’s withdrawal from competitive PUBG, owner Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has shed more light on why they made the decision, which surprised many fans.

OpTic Gaming, a prestigious organization in numerous esports, particularly shooting games like Call of Duty, CS:GO and Halo, first recruited a PUBG team in late 2017.

But, just over a year later, on November 30 2018, the Greenwall announced that due to uncertainty with the future of the esport itself, they would be stepping away and releasing the roster.

In a statement, OpTic said “With the recent news of the National PUBG League (NPL) kicking off in the coming months it has required us to really focus in on the title and where we see it moving in the future, causing us to question our belief not only in the game as a competitive esport but also the formatting and structure of the league itself.”

This came as a surprise to fans and the PUBG community, but H3CZ has now explained further in his vlog on December 13.

“With the state of PUBG, and the way that it’s not moving fast enough, I feel the same way about PUBG as I almost feel about [H1Z1]”, he continues, explaining that the failure of the H1Z1 Pro League could also happen to PUBG.

“I feel bad for everyone in the H1Z1 League, because of the lack of responsibility that the adults didn’t perform. You cannot force something to become something, unfortunately, and PUBG is going down the same route a little bit.”

H3CZ says that the lack of communication with the players about the PUBG league is “affecting people in a negative way, when it shouldn’t.”

It’s possible that H3CZ fears not only OpTic, but the players too, being burned by a similar failing which hit the now defunct H1Z1 Pro League.

After completing only its first split, the the second split was cancelled, and reports from players claimed that they had not received monies promised to them, either from their organization or the league itself – even leaving some players temporarily homeless

This was largely due to very low interest, not only in H1Z1 esports, but even casual players as the game’s player count dropped drastically.

While PUBG has not died off so quickly, there are concerns that stiff competition not only from Fortnite but also Call of Duty’s new Blackout mode could spell a downward trend in popularity for PUBG.

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


Streamer embarrasses H1Z1 hacker with fake ‘interview’

Published: 18/Jan/2020 11:25

by Connor Bennett


Twitch streamer Flamehopper turned the tables on a hacker in H1Z1 by proposing an interview that immediately became a way to trap them. 

Before PUBG blew up on Twitch, Fortnite took over the world, and Apex Legends made its mark, H1Z1 was the original battle royale game that streamers flocked to. 

Daybreak’s title was never as polished as its rivals but it set the tone for what was going to follow – kicking off the battle royale revolution. Since then, it has been left behind – despite plenty of updates – but some streamers are still playing. With a smaller player base, hackers and cheats can have more of a free reign as they want their moment in the spotlight.

An image of H1Z1's Outland map with fighting characters

That’s exactly what Flamehopper did during his January 17 stream. As the streamer played H1Z1, he ran into a hacker who had been making a police car fly across the sky when he managed to bring them down to the ground for an ‘interview.’

The hacker asked that he not be killed, to which the streamer obliged – at least for a minute. “I have a question for you, come here. On a scale of one to five, where five is the greatest… hold on, you’re bouncing all over, we’ve got to get the interview cam set,” said Flamehopper, as he got the hacker to stand still.

Of course, it was all a rouse. As soon as the cheater stopped avoiding his clutches, the streamer gunned him down with a quick burst of fire to the head. “I hope you find happiness bro,” he added before driving away. “I hope you find happiness.”

After the deed had been done, the streamer took a moment to celebrate the fact that he had a ‘clean lobby’ now that the hackers were out of the way. 

However, if he does run into anymore in the future, Flamehopper will have to hope that the hackers want their moment in the spotlight if he plans to run the same bamboozle attempt again.