100 Thieves Reportedly Acquire LA Call of Duty League Slot
We can stop the speculation, finally – it appears that the LA Call of Duty slot previously owned by Immortals and called the LA Optic, has been sold to Nadeshot and the 100 Thieves organization.
A new report from Dexerto’s Albert Petrosyan suggests that the League,100 Thieves, and NRG are currently finalizing a deal to acquire the Los Angeles roster.
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While this had been heavily speculated for quite some time, it does come as something of a surprise. Nadehsot has previously been on record saying that his organization simply could not afford to enter the Call of Duty League when it launched due to its $25 million in franchising fees that were due to Activision Blizzard.
“The fact of the matter is the CDL is incredibly expensive,” Nadeshot said of the League back in August of last year. “Not only are there a lot of upfront costs, but there are a ton of operational costs that we’ll be spending money on and resources on for years. We have so many different investments. For us to make such a costly investment into Call of Duty would possibly jeopardize everything that this company has been building.”
Given this complete turnaround in attitude, it’s clear that something’s shifted, or that the organization has decided to take the risk due to passion. The report from Dexerto makes no mention of who will be responsible for said fees, so it’s possible that whatever sale from NRG to 100 Thieves makes an arrangement for these to be paid overtime or some such.
At the time, Nadeshot was extremely stung that he couldn’t field a Call of Duty team despite his roots being in the game. More recently, Nadeshot addressed rumors directly on his stream.
“Obviously, everyone is talking about what’s going with Hector. I don’t really have a comment, I’m sort of out of the loop. I don’t know if the story’s true. For an acquisition like that I think Hector would keep that close to his chest. LA Thieves has a nice ring to it, but we’re not really in a position to re-enter Call of Duty – it’s really expensive. So we’ll see. Maybe down the road, in the future, I don’t want you guys to get your hopes up.”
If this report is true, Nadeshot was playing the situation very coy – and smartly, given that he probably didn’t want to jeopardize any negotiations with a flippant comment on stream.
Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez reacquired the OpTic Gaming brand after a harrowing journey through various ownership groups, starting with Infinite Esports and Entertainment and ending up with the LA based Immortals Group. H3CZ made his name with OpTic Gaming, but also currently has controlling interest in the Chicago Huntsmen. It’s unclear if, due to the sale, Hector will be able to rebrand the Chicago team as the Chicago OpTic, returning the team to its midwest roots.
It’s also unclear what the branding for the new LA 100 Thieves roster in the Call of Duty League would look like. Activision Blizzard rules typically require teams to not be active with the name in another esports title, which 100 Thieves are through League of Legends, Valorant, and other titles.
Esports Talk has reached out to Activision Blizzard, 100 Thieves, and Hector Rodriguez for comment on this report.