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News surfaced earlier this week that Eric “Muddawg” Sanders would be leaving his position as Head of Esports Operations at 100 Thieves. In the photo of his framed jersey thank you gift, fans were quick to notice a message that mentioned OpTic Gaming as his new destination. Shortly after, OpTic Gaming announced that he would be joining the Call of Duty franchise as its General Manager.
A message to the #Greenwall:
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTic) September 23, 2019
Eric “Muddawg” Sanders was previous a competitive Call of Duty player. He began his career in 2014 and has played under Tva, Xfinity Gaming, Art of eXecution, Curse Orange, VexX Gaming, and SYNRGY Gaming. However, Muddawg claims that he realized that he did not have the talent to compete against the likes of Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and Seth “Scump” Abner.
Sanders left the competitive scene to take on a Quality Assurance position at Sledgehammer Games. After one year, he was offered the opportunity to join Activision as its Esports Product Management Coordinator. In September of 2018, he joined North American esports organization 100 Thieves as its Head of Esports Operations. 100 Thieves went on to achieve back-to-back wins at CWL Anaheim and CWL London. The team then placed 3 – 4th in the CWL Pro League and obtained a 2nd place finish at the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championships.
The OpTic Gaming Call of Duty franchise slot is one of two slots for Los Angeles. It is owned and operated by the Immortals Gaming Club, after a recent acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment earlier this year.
In the announcement YouTube video, Muddawg explains what he hopes to achieve in his new role. He also acknowledges the fact that he will never be able to truly fill former CEO Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez’s shoes. Nevertheless, the video is filled with negative comments toward the OpTic brand and double the dislikes than likes.
A rumored leak by Call of Duty INTEL had Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly, Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, and Kenny “Kenny” Williams on the full starting roster. This news hasn’t been confirmed by OpTic Gaming, but the roster should be announced soon. Other franchises have already started to reveal theirs.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.