Hector "H3cz" Rodriguez is reportedly set to reacquire OpTic Gaming from Immortals Gaming Group in a blockbuster deal that would include the OpTic IP and the Los Angeles Call of Duty League franchise slot.
In a report from the Esports Observer, talks between both parties have spanned for over a month and the deal is pending league approval. ESPN has been able to confirm with sources that though the deal is not 100% finalized, it is at an advanced stage. Rodriguez is currently co-CEO of NRG along with co-founder Andy Miller, and ESPN was also able to confirm that will remain with the NRG organization.
The terms of the reported deal have not been disclosed.
According to league rules, one company is unable to hold more than one CDL franchise slot. In the event that an acquisition causes a scenario where one company would be in possession or two or more slots, a grace period is afforded while a buyer is procured. A similar case occurred in Overwatch League when Immortals Gaming Group purchased Infinite Esports & Entertainment (the parent company of OpTic Gaming) last June. Immortals, as a result, possessed two Overwatch League teams: the Houston Outlaws and LA Valiant. The Outlaws were sold to Beasley Broadcast Group in November.
Sources told ESPN that no other decisions have been fully made with regards to this deal; speculation is rampant on social media, including what this means for the Huntsmen brand, what organizations could potentially re-enter the league as a result of the need to sell a franchise slot.
Rodriguez took over OpTic in 2007 and grew it into one of the biggest brands in esports, affectionately called the "Green Wall" by fans. Infinite Esports and Entertainment acquired OpTic in 2017, and Rodriguez stayed on with the organization until 2019 when Infinite sold OpTic to Immortals. After the split, Rodriguez joined NRG as co-CEO in September 2019 and has been most active with the Chicago Huntsmen CDL team while also creating regular content on NRG digital channels.