Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, current co-owner and CEO of NRG Esports, has reacquired OpTic Gaming in a deal separate from any ties associated with NRG. Sources close to the deal have come forward stating that after negotiations spanning a little over a month, Rodriguez purchased the OpTic Gaming IP in its entirety and in practice the Call of Duty League slot associated with the Los Angeles franchise.
The acquisition of the Los Angeles CDL slot by Rodriguez, who according to sources intends to divest to interested esports organizations, still needs league approval. So while it appears that Rodriguez now owns the OpTic Gaming property, the CDL must approve the change under the assumption that Rodriguez would divest the slot through a sale as he has an ownership stake in the Chicago Huntsmen through NRG.
Originally established in 2006 as a Call of Duty clan creating hype and skillshot videos, Rodriguez took the reins in 2007 before hitting the Call of Duty competitive scene in 2010. Rodriguez would go on to expand the “Green Wall,” the moniker by which fans have come to know the organization, fielding teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PUBG, and others.
In June of 2019, Immortals Gaming Club acquired Infinite Esports & Entertainment, parent company of OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws, in a deal valued at $100M USD. Rodriguez left OpTic Gaming in September of that year to become the co-CEO of NRG, and the Outlaws were later sold to Beasley Media Group in November.
The Esports Observer was unable to reach Rodriguez for comment.
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