The off-season for Call of Duty esports is well underway and has already seen a wealth of changes taking place ahead of the 2022 Call of Duty League (CDL) season getting underway. With multiple teams already looking for new players, one rumour in particular has stood out from the rest.
On August 28th, a report by Dot Esports revealed that the Dallas Empire has been in talks to obtain the OpTic Gaming brand, leaving the Chicago CDL franchise slot up for sale. While nothing official has been confirmed, more fuel has been added to the fire after it was revealed that OpTic Gaming, LLC has been dissolved.
OpTic Gaming Dissolution
According to Open Corporates, a company database, the existence of the company was changed from 'In Existence' to 'Forfeited Existence' on August 22nd, heavily suggesting that some kind of deal with another party has been reached.
With longtime rivals in the form of Team Envy, the parent company of the Dallas Empire, reportedly in talks with the Green Wall, there is a possibility that the rumoured merger between the longtime rivals may become official in the not-too-distant future.
Is This The End Of OpTic Gaming?
While the company is now inactive, it's highly unlikely that the OpTic Gaming brand will be disappearing anytime soon considering it's one of the most recognisable brands in esports and gaming. OpTic founder Hector "HECZ" Rodriguez has already let the brand go once and after what happened when Immortals was in charge, he won't be letting go of it again, meaning it could well be the end of the Dallas Empire as a brand.
With the Empire brand potentially disappearing, could we see the Dallas OpTic forming at some point before the start of the 2022 CDL season? We will have to wait and see.