OpTic Gaming Officially Merges With Envy Gaming, Uniting Esports Pioneers Mike “Hastr0” Rufail and Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez
Call of Duty League Team Will Carry OpTic Texas Brand Into 2022 Season
HECZ Joins Ownership Group and Will Serve as President of OpTic Gaming
DALLAS (November 8, 2021) – The GREENWALL have a new hometown team: OpTic Texas. Envy Gaming, a Texas-based esports and entertainment company, and OpTic Gaming announced the two organizations have completed a merger to unite the business and expand operations.
The Texas-based Call of Duty League™ franchise position previously held as the Dallas Empire will be rebranded to OpTic Texas for the 2022 Call of Duty League season. OpTic Texas will return head coach Ray Lussier and feature a starting roster including:
- Seth “Scump” Abner
- Brandon “Dashy” Otell
- Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal
- Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro
For Mike “Hastr0” Rufail, co-owner and chief gaming officer of Envy, the merger unites two storied organizations and long-time friends and rivals to build on decades of experience innovating and creating dominant esports and entertainment brands.
Through the transaction, OpTic Gaming leader Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez joins the combined companies’ ownership group and will serve as President of OpTic Gaming. Rodriguez will continue to operate OpTic Gaming, leading content, competitive operations, and vision for the OpTic brand. All OpTic employees and creators are continuing with OpTic through the merger.
Envy plans to retain its 21,000-square-foot headquarters and training facility in Dallas’ Victory Park and operate its rapidly growing content creator network of gaming and lifestyle personalities and owned and operated competitive esports teams including the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League, as well as participation in Microsoft’s Halo Championship Series, Psyonix’s Rocket League Championship Series, and Riot Games’ Valorant.
Together, the company leaders plan to grow the OpTic and Envy brands into other esports and media ventures, sales and marketing collaborations, content creation, and live events.
“There’s nothing I want more than having the freedom as a creator to create. It’s a comfort-level of trust in Mike [Rufail] and the investment group he’s put together that has been there for years and that I know from personal experience. Finding people you trust, and you want to build with is the most important thing for the future of OpTic.” – Hector Rodriquez
“It’s still somewhat surreal. Organizations are going to have to attract more eyeballs and operate a business that can scale. We’re strengthening the future of what esports will be ten years from now with the decisions we are making today. For us, this deal means we can accomplish our goals faster. Life is too short not to do this.” – Mike Rufail
“We are building the beginning moments of the new age of sports. We are inventing every day.” – Hector Rodriguez
“We’ve competed against each other since 2008, and I have a ton of respect for Hector and what he’s built. We genuinely care about each other. We are going to be much stronger together than apart.” – Mike Rufail
“I love Dallas, Seth loves Dallas, everyone in OpTic loves being in Texas. This is the best thing for OpTic. Period.” – Hector Rodriguez
About OpTic Gaming
OpTic Gaming is an esports, media and entertainment organization widely recognized for its competitive success and globally engaged fan base called the GREENWALL. Led by Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez, OpTic has won 50+ esports championships and produced award-winning docuseries including “Vision” and current video series “The Process”. For more information, follow @OpTic on Twitter.
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About Envy Gaming
Envy Gaming, Inc., is an entertainment and esports company based in North Texas. Founded in 2007, Envy is one of the most winning esports organizations in the world and has grown to include a network of competitive gamers, content creators and esports teams with global reach. Envy’s ownership group includes superstar Post Malone, esports industry pioneers Mike Rufail and Hector Rodriguez, and Gray Television. For more information, visit Envy.gg.
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