Earlier this week, on September 15, Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez announced that he was going to be leaving OpTic Gaming and would be joining NRG as co-CEO. NRG also announced that they will be occupying the Chicago spot in the Call of Duty franchise league, a big move for long-term Chicago resident H3CZ.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN Esports, H3CZ stated that whilst there were a number of reasons for his putting OpTic behind him, it almost all boiled down to what went down in the first OpTic acquisition, at the hands of Infinite Esports & Entertainment.
"It was a combination of a whole bunch of things," he said. "It was all on the Infinite side, it was more with my Infinite experience that made me realise that it just wasn't the place for me, and I needed to turn the page and go onto a brand new chapter, and I'm excited for it."
Later in the conversation, he was asked what made him choose to join NRG; especially considering he would've been a high-priority acquisition for almost any corporation within the esports space.
"I've always known that Andy was a force of nature, running NRG and doing the Sacramento Kings stuff. We have a lot of similar thoughts around the industry, that really made it make sense. I like that they're so well diversified in esports. And they had a lot of my old family members. So for me, it was super easy to say 'oh man, that's Tarik right there! Chet, that's my mans,' And they just picked up the Gears of War team."
He was also asked when he decided that he wanted to leave – to which he revealed he never really thought he would stay.
"I don't think I ever really thought about staying," H3CZ said. "I knew that if I was not going to be able to get OpTic back, then I was going to probably go off and do something else. It's just me, inside of my head, saying 'it's better for you to go do something else.' It was definitely not an 'alright, let's give it a shot."
H3CZ seemed very sure that he was making the right decision, confident that it was better for him to leave OpTic instead of staying. And based on the response to NRG acquiring H3CZ' services, we're pretty sure both parties are going to find a lot of success in the future.