Envy Gaming, NRG Esports, and Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez are discussing a multi-pronged deal that if completed would see OpTic Gaming and the Dallas Empire merge and the Chicago Call of Duty League slot sell to a third party, sources familiar with those discussions told Dot Esports.
Paperwork for such a deal is yet to be finalized, but the discussion has heated up as H3CZ looks to finally break off from NRG Esports, the current owner and backer of the Call of Duty League’s OpTic Chicago. News that H3CZ looked to seek such an arrangement first broke in May, per a Dexerto report.
If finalized, the Empire and OpTic would come under the same ownership and would likely result in the retirement of the Empire brand—with the Call of Duty League’s Dallas team adopting the OpTic name. H3CZ would then help control the team alongside Empire owner Envy Gaming’s management, including longtime friendly rival Mike “Hastr0” Rufail.
NRG and H3CZ have been at odds for nearly a year, with the latter informing his colleagues he did not want to work together anymore in fall 2020, a source said.
Since then, the two have tried to find a resolution but have failed to do so.
NRG originally signed a contract that would allow H3CZ a multi-month period to find funding from other investors and buy the organization out of OpTic and take over the brand and slot, according to sources. H3CZ could