The new Call of Duty League seems to have another team and city on board. According to Activision Blizzard, the Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise spot now belongs to OpTic Gaming.
Many questioned whether or not the OpTic brand would be featured in esports going forward. After Immortals purchased Infinite Esports, there was no telling how OpTic would be used. However, it seems Immortals wants to keep the brand alive in the scene where they’re most popular: Call of Duty.
However, while this seems like good news for the Greenwall, not all is as it seems.
Even though OpTic’s name is attached to this franchise spot, Immortals is the one controlling everything. They own the L.A. Valiant in the Overwatch League, so purchasing another L.A. based franchise was somewhat foreseen.
Due to OpTic’s popularity within Call of Duty, it makes sense for Immortals to use the OpTic brand. So even though Immortals will make the decisions, the Los Angeles Call of Duty team will be represented with an OG logo.
The inaugural season of the Call of Duty League is set to start with the release of Modern Warfare. Here’s what Bobby Kotick, CEO at Activision Blizzard, had to say:
“I’m excited to welcome the newest teams, Los Angeles and Minnesota, to our incredible lineup – Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto – for Call of Duty esports. Together, these ownership groups represent some of the very best organizations in esports and traditional sports who will join us in paving the way for the future of professional, city-based competition for Call of Duty.”
Initially, this seemed like a step in the right direction for OpTic. Immortals weren’t shutting the brand down, and there was a future to look forward to. However, the current OpTic players and its former CEO had some negative reactions to the news.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter:
That aint us.
— Hector Rodriguez (@OpTicH3CZ) July 1, 2019
— Ian Porter (@OpTic_Crimsix) July 1, 2019
— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) July 1, 2019
It appears as though the current members of OpTic feel this move doesn’t bode well for “old OpTic”. Based on the reactions of Ian “Crimsix” Porter and Seth “Scump” Abner, once the Call of Duty League launches, they will no longer be a part of the Greenwall.
This is backed up by Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, former CEO of OpTic. While the name of the spot says OpTic Gaming, H3CZ obviously feels that that’s not the real OpTic.
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Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 4+ years experience covering Esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.