Phillip Miner

Phillip Miner

Phillip has been a freelance writer covering video games for over a decade. He's had video game articles published in places from local newspapers to The Escapist. Call of Duty has been a passion of his since the first Black Ops. You can learn more about Phillip on our About page.

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Ian “Crimsix” Porter: OpTic Call of Duty Team “Almost Dropped” by Infinite Esports

Crimsix” of OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team
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Ian Porter, a.k.a. “Crimsix” of OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team, hasn’t revealed much of anything regarding Immortals’ potential buyout of OpTic Gaming, save that the negotiations have been pushed into June. The previous set deadline was May 31, but nothing concrete was signed or conveyed between the two parties yet. But after revealing this deadline extension, Crimsix commented in a video on his YouTube channel that OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team was dealing with its current drama of possibly being disbanded long before Immortals was involved.

Infinite’s Role in the Current Drama According to Crimsix

Infinite Esports purchased and became OpTic Gaming’s parent company in 2017. According to Crimsix, the drama with the Call of Duty team being dropped started in the middle of the Call of Duty WWII season (mid-2018). That season is a notorious one for OpTic fans, as it was, to put it mildly, not one of the OpTic Call of Duty team’s better years. Crimsix commented that it was the recognition OpTic Gaming got from the team winning the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championships (during the Infinite Warfare season) that kept the team from being dropped entirely. He noted that Infinite attempted to underpay the Call of Duty team, and tried to get the Call of Duty team to sign a massive legal contract that was 72 pages long! (According to Crimsix, the standard esports contract is about 10 pages at maximum.) Damon “Karma” Barlow, later on, joined in and then revealed Infinite Esports considered the Call of Duty team to be “content creators” instead of esports players in that 72-page document.

If anything can be taken away from Crimsix’s video on the matter, it’s that the kind of mess that OpTic’s Call of Duty team is in right now isn’t their first rodeo when it comes to persevering in the face of organizational threats. Furthermore, the current situation was months in the making. The Call of Duty team seems to be approaching whatever will happen between Infinite Esports and the Immortals Gaming Club with cool-headed experience and confidence.


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