The offseason for the competitive Call of Duty community can drag on for what feels like several months. In reality, the offseason is just a couple of months long, but professional players still look for different things to help pass the time. For most pros, they’ll play another shooter-type game, such as Warzone, VALORANT, or Apex Legends. However, members of OpTic Gaming feel that the offseason should still feature some actual competitive Call of Duty. OpTic has announced that the organization will be throwing a LAN event that will be played on Black Ops 2.
Black Ops 2 is widely considered by many to be a top three Call of Duty title of all time. It’s one of the best competitive games to ever come out of the series, and it’s where many fans first started watching the competitive scene. To bookend the offseason, OpTic will throw a Black Ops 2 LAN at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which the organization owns.
Below, fans can find all of the details on how to watch the event and what players will be in attendance.
OpTic throws a Black Ops 2 LAN event
The event coordinator for this LAN is OpTic’s own Davis “Hitch” Edwards. Hitch is famous for throwing tournaments on older Call of Duty titles during the offseason, and he’s back with perhaps his most ambitious event yet.
4 TEAMS. 8 CAPTAINS.
$25,000 PRIZE POOL
LIVE at Esports Stadium Arlington
October 15th & 16th
All proceeds go towards raising money for suicide awareness and prevention. Come watch your favorite pros play for a good cause!
— OpTic Hitch (@hitchariide) September 27, 2022
The Black Ops 2 LAN at the Esports Stadium will be held on Oct. 15-16. While the Esports Stadium has held a tournament like this before, this is the first offseason event that will have fans in the crowd. Fans can buy tickets through this link if they want to watch pro players duke it out on Black Ops 2 again. All ticket proceeds go towards raising money for suicide prevention and awareness.
However, if you’re not near the Arlington area, then you can always watch from home. Hitch revealed that the event will be streamed on his Twitch channel, and two other streams, likely OpTic’s Twitch channel and one other, will also broadcast the event.
The LAN event will see players battling for a $25,000 prize pool in a bracket-style tournament. There will be four teams competing at the event, each with two captains that will hand-pick the rest of their team. As of right now, we know of eight players that will partake in the event:
The rest of the players will be announced closer to the event’s start date.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.