Executives from Immortals Gaming Club, OpTic Gaming, and Infinite Esports & Entertainment will meet Wednesday in an effort to gauge whether OpTic CEO Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez has any interest in joining Immortals if the company acquired Infinite and their Call of Duty team, according to sources.
Rodriguez will discuss this possibility with Immortals CEO Ari Segal and Infinite’s chief operating officer Neil Leibman.
Infinite’s sale has come down to two final groups, with the Immortals Gaming Company and a group led by Rodriguez and the co-found and former president of Infinite, Chris Chaney. Reports surfaced earlier today that the Immortals Gaming Company likely has the upper hand in the acquisition, which would leave Rodriguez and Chaney’s group out as owners.
According to sources familiar with the company, Immortals wants Rodriguez to reprise his role as CEO of the OpTic Gaming brand. He would still run the brand’s day-to-day operations, the Call of Duty franchise, and possibly retain other responsibilities.
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OpTic Gaming was first established in 2006, and by 2007 Rodriguez had acquired the company. Rodriguez built up the brand and sold a majority interest to Texas Rangers co-owner Leibman and Chaney in 2017 for an unspecified amount.
The most likely scenario is Immortals wins the bidding process and sells the Houston Outlaws, since the group already has the Los Angeles Valiant in their portfolio. No ownership group is allowed to have an ownership interest in two separate Overwatch League teams.
Despite this, Immortals would still gain both a League of Legends LCS slot and most likely a Call of Duty franchise slot. OpTic Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team would likely disband in favor of Made in Brazil’s CS:GO squad, which Immortals acquired in 2018. Meanwhile, OpTic Gaming as we know it in the Call of Duty realm would likely change its name to satisfy franchise naming requirements.
Finally, Chaney and Rodriguez could go off on their own even if Immortals offered one of them a position within the company. They could then put in a bid for and would likely receive a slot in the newly franchised Call of Duty League.