LA Thieves Reportedly Moving to Texas With CEO Nadeshot
The Call of Duty League 2021 season is almost ready to get underway later this year and the 12 teams are getting ready by finalizing teams, contracts, and even living situations. As part of this, it looks like the LA Thieves home is going to be somewhere other than, well, Los Angeles.
LA Thieves Could Be Moving Locations
Reports are coming that the upcoming rebranded OpTic Gaming LA team known as LA Thieves, now owned by the popular esports and content creation organization 100 Thieves, is going to be moving headquarters for the Call of Duty League team to another location.
This comes from a pretty reliable source, too, the OpTic Gaming CEO himself Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez. The leader of one of the most impressive esports organizations tweeted out a response on Twitter that all but confirmed that the LA Thieves home is moving in the near future.
The response was to a very interesting tweet from 100 Thieves CEO and founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag’s girlfriend Haley Hey. In the tweet, she tagged the OpTic Gaming CEO and asked him to convince Nadeshot and CourageJD to move to Texas come February this year “for a few months.”
H3CZ actually responded to the tweet with a response that is very intriguing and made sure to stir the pot with lots of rumors. Rodriguez noted that he texted with his bro Nadeshot and the move seems to be “already a done deal.”
New LA Thieves Home Could Be Dallas
He then followed up with a screenshot of the texts between the two, edited to keep out some personal details and curse words. The screenshot shows a short text conversation between the two CEOs, with Nadeshot noting that he is about to “move to Texas for the year.”
H3CZ followed up by asking where exactly he would be moving to and then the last part that we can see is Nadeshot calling himself a “Frisco kid.” Frisco is a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area so it is likely that the new Nadeshot and LA Thieves home will be in the Dallas, Texas area.
This alone is already pretty much confirmation that this move is going to happen but it only gets more interesting from here. For one, there is the fact that Nadeshot’s girlfriend noted “February” in the tweet, hinting that this change is going to happen soon and possibly revealing that she was just teasing everyone.
There is also a job listing that the 100 Thieves organization posted recently for a part-time team manager position in Dallas, Texas even though the esports company is located in California. The job description makes it even more fascinating as it makes it clear what this position will be doing.
LA Thieves Job Listing Also Points to This Change
The person who is hired for that position will help with moving players into a new team house in Dallas as well as do various tasks to help out the general manager with the LA Thieves Call of Duty League team. This makes it very clear that the new LA Thieves home will likely be in Dallas, Texas.
Or, at the very least, that there will be a significant number of players and staff from the team who will be moving to that location. It is possible that some of them will remain behind in the Los Angeles area where the general 100 Thieves headquarters are located.
Nadeshot moving over there for the year is likely due to this reason, too, as he is intrinsically tied to the Call of Duty franchise as one of the most famous former pro players himself. He could be going there to support his team and help them adjust to this new location for the 2021 season.
It makes it all but clear that the Call of Duty side of the 100 Thieves organization is packing up and moving elsewhere for the time being. Of course, the biggest question in all of this is why is the LA Thieves looking into moving to Dallas, Texas in the first place?
Why Would the LA Thieves and Nadeshot Move to Texas?
This is something that could have to do with a number of factors. For one, there is the fact that several other companies are already located there at this time like Team Envy who owns the current world champion Dallas Empire team and there are others who have expressed interest in moving there.
There is also the fact that it is, yes, in the south but central part of the United States between the east and west coasts, which could possibly help with server connections and so on. But then there is also the rumor that we heard about in the past regarding the upcoming 2021 season.
At this time, we still don’t know what format the second Call of Duty League season will take. It could be a fully online one again like it was last year when it switched midway through the inaugural season due to all of the COVID stuff that began around that time here in the United States.
But it could also be an in-person, staged event where the teams compete in person without an audience. Without fans there to help bring in income, it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to spend so much money on moving around between all of the different cities and countries.
As such, we have heard rumors about a venue being built in Dallas where the home of the current world champions are to host everyone for the season as they compete in the same location all year. It would be a strange situation and one that favors the current champions over the other teams but we will have to wait and see for now. It looks like we might have more info on the league starting sometime in February.