Immortals Gaming Club has reportedly finalized its buyout of OpTic Gaming parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment, per the company’s CrunchBase page. The deal had been in the works since the beginning of May, but had stalled after pushback from OpTic CEO Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez.
The merger creates uncertainty about the future of the OpTic brand. Since Immortals’ teams overlap with some of the squads fielded by OpTic, most notably in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, some reports have speculated that the buyout will result in the release of many OpTic members, with Immortals instead focusing their developmental efforts on OpTic’s League of Legends Championship Series berth.
Other reports indicated that H3CZ was given the option to run the day-to-day operations of OpTic following the Immortals buyout, though H3CZ himself had offered to purchase OpTic from Infinite before the Immortals deal. H3CZ’s future with the organization remains unclear, but he went on Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag’s podcast yesterday to bemoan OpTic’s decline and criticize Infinite’s choices in negotiating the deal.
It’s important to note that CrunchBase pages can be edited by public users. Without any confirmation or official announcements from any of the companies involved, the completion of the deal remains shrouded in rumor.
"It took close to 10 years to build what we’ve built,” said H3CZ on Nadeshot’s podcast. It took just over a month to sell it.