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Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, current co-owner of NRG Esports, has reacquired Optic Gaming in a deal separate from his current organization. According to The Esports Observer, sources close to the deal have come forward after a month of back and forth negotiations to break the news. Last Year H3CZ lost ownership of the brand that he had created from the ground up, Optic Gaming.
After his departure, H3CZ moved to NRG Esports and became a co-owner. He then became overseer to NRG’s Call of Duty League team the Chicago Huntsmen. Many familiar faces from the original Optic Gaming brand made the transition as well. Matthew “Formal” Piper and Seth “Scump” Abner both joined the Chicago Huntsmen after previously being on Optic Gaming.
Optic Gaming currently has only one esports team under their umbrella in Call of Duty called Optic Gaming Los Angeles. OGLA were one of two teams to acquire a Los Angeles franchised spot and recently placed 5th/6th at the Call of Duty Championship. H3CZ will now look to divest the Optic Gaming Los Angeles spot to another protentional organization.
Optic Gaming could become 100 Thieves
100 Thieves CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and H3CZ have an extensive history together since their days on Optic Gaming. With H3CZ acquisition of OGLA’s Call of Duty spot, he could potentially sell the spot to 100 Thieves. This would allow H3CZ to pass the brand he built off to someone who would care for it like he once did. This would also be 100 Thieves’ best opportunity to re-enter the Call of Duty scene.
In 2019, 100 Thieves’ Call of Duty team won back-to-back events and came 2nd at the championship. These two titles are currently the only two that the organization has across their entire esports teams. When Call of Duty franchised in 2020, 100 Thieves announced that they would not be entering the league. With a rumored $25,000,000 buy-in, 100 Thieves did not have enough money to invest after having just built their $35,000,000 facility.
Nadeshot originally came from the Call of Duty scene and has mentioned multiple times that he would want to come back to Call of Duty one day. If H3CZ were to sell the franchised spot to 100 Thieves, the team would be acquiring Kenny “Kenny” Williams and Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat. Both players previously played for 100 Thieves back in 2019 and were essential to their success.
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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.