By Isaac Chandler
November 8, 2019
History and fiction are full of stories of students trying to surpass their masters to become something greater. Augustus and Julius Caesar, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Deku and All Might and countless other examples have unfolded, sometimes to great success and other times to disappointing failure. While a defeat is more likely than a triumph (make sure you have the high ground), the case of esports icons Nadeshot and Hecz is a story of the latter as opposed to the former.
Nadeshot was originally the captain of the OpTic Call of Duty squad back in 2015, and had served with the team since all the way back in 2010, becoming a core component of the team’s success both in-game and on social media.
Hecz, one of the original members of the org, had built it up from a sniper clan into one of the biggest names in the game with countless tournament wins and a plethora of video and social media content to engage their fans.
He had gifted Nadeshot ownership in the team after the young player stepped back from the active roster, though Nadeshot eventually struck out on his own and founded his own org in 100 Thieves in April 2016.
Since that time, OpTic has made a series of blunders that eventually led to its sale to Immortals Gaming earlier this year and relegated it to a CoD League-only org and the departure of Hecz for NRG.
100 Thieves, on the other hand, has exploded onto the esports scene with the pick-up of big-name streamers like Courage and Valkyrae, alongside purchasing an LCS franchise spot and Renegades’ CSGO roster.
These moves have helped the org generate over $10,000,000 in revenue and earn a Forbes valuation of $160,000,000, one of the highest in esports, while Hecz’s new team NRG is right behind at $150,000,000.
Nadeshot has clearly outgrown Hecz’s shadow and matured into his own position as owner and CEO of his own esports org, yet still maintains that strong friendship with his old boss and mentor and occasionally collaborating with him on content.
It’s honestly a heartwarming story to see in the young esports industry, reminiscent of football coaches and those who trained under them coming into their own in the American Football system, and even though the two have gone their separate ways in business, the bond they’ve built and the lessons Nadeshot has learned from Hecz will carry them both to a brighter future in esports.