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Chicago Huntsmen, owned by NRG Esports, are set to rebrand to OpTic Chicago according to sources. Back in early October, the news broke that Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez had purchased OpTic Gaming Los Angeles. This deal was made outside of NRG Esports by H3CZ alone to reobtain his brand.
H3CZ created OpTic Gaming from the ground up and unfortunately lost it to Immortals Gaming Club who bought him out. They eventually rebranded into OpTic Gaming Los Angeles for the Call of Duty League franchise in 2020. Since then, H3CZ moved on to become the Co-CEO of NRG Esports and eventually the Chicago Huntsmen.
Many old OpTic Gaming employees, including video editors and content creators, moved to NRG Esports. This became the new home for OpTic Gaming even if it would be called the Chicago Huntsmen. Star players like Seth “Scump” Abner and Brandon “Dashy” Otell came back to H3CZ from the original green wall. Now the Chicago Huntsmen are set to rebrand to OpTic Chicago.
Chicago Huntsmen rebrand opens a spot
The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles Call of Duty spot had to be sold since it would create a conflict of interest with H3CZ. He already oversaw the Chicago Huntsmen and would not be able to create his own team unless he backed off from NRG Esports. This opened the door to a multitude of possibilities for Chicago, OpTic, and a new potential team.
However, there was a lot of speculation about who would be able to purchase the spot from H3CZ and what would happen with the OpTic brand. 100 Thieves recently announced that they would be absorbing the original OpTic Gaming roster and general manager. They will be re-entering the Call of Duty League as the Los Angeles Thieves with two members from their original team.
Chicago Huntsmen will rebrand to OpTic Chicago, upon the league’s approval, according to sources. However, nothing so far has been spoken about publicly. The Call of Duty League did address the rumors briefly on their last video capturing the Chicago Huntsmen. Star player Dylan “Envoy” Hannon said this at the end of the video. “Hector bought OpTic back? No comment.”
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Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.