OpTic Gaming Merges With Envy Gaming to Form a Combined North Texas Esports Powerhouse » Dallas Innovates – dallasinnovates.com

OpTic Gaming Merges With Envy Gaming to Form a Combined North Texas Esports Powerhouse » Dallas Innovates – dallasinnovates.com

Two North Texas esports powerhouses that are said to be some of the largest in the industry have completed a merger: Dallas’ Envy Gaming and Frisco’s OpTic Gaming. The deal represents the union of two historic organizations and their leaders—who have been longtime friends and gaming rivals.

OpTic leader Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez will join the combined companies’ ownership group, while serving as president of OpTic Gaming, which he will continue operating. All OpTic employees and creators will continue with the brand.

Mike “Hastr0” Rufail, the chief gaming officer and co-owner of Envy, will also remain in his position.

The deal has been a longtime coming, according to industry publications, and has been in the making since the end of the 2021 Call of Duty League season.

Rufail and Rodriguez have competed against each other since 2008. As Rufail puts it, “We genuinely care about each other. We are going to be much stronger together than apart.”

Envy/OpTic will retain Envy’s 21,000-square-foot headquarters and training center in Victory Park to operate its content creator network and competitive esports teams. That includes the Dallas Fuel in the Overwatch League.

Envy/OpTic will also keep OpTic’s space in Frisco, to be designated as the primary hub for content creation from OpTic creators and streamers. It will be the destination for the new OpTic Texas Call of Duty league team.

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