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Esports Stadium Staff Search For New Employers

Esports Stadium Staff Search For New Employers

Former Esports Stadium staff are searching for new employers today after being let go from their employer yesterday. On December 8th, Esports Stadium Arlington’s President, Jonathon “Panda” Oudthone, used Twitter to communicate that he was “no longer the President of Esports Stadium.” He continued in the Tweet saying that it had been a pleasure designing, building and operating the largest esports facility in North America. He thanked everyone for their support and stated that he wasn’t “done though”. We can assume that this means he intends on remaining a force for change and growth in the esports industry in some fashion.

In a second tweet about the matter, Jonathon said that he knew people had lots of questions and that he appreciated the outreach and support, but he wasn’t able to give more details at the time. He went on to say, “Just know that the Stadium’s voice moving forward is not the voice of the people who sacrificed blood, sweat and tears building it.”

Esports Stadium Arlington, which is co-owned by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, was opened in November of 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on physical venues for sports and esports this year, as owners and operators struggled to generate income due to stay-at-home restrictions and local and state guidelines that kept large groups of people from gathering in one place.

We wish Jonathon and the rest of the staff that has to find new employment good luck and future success.

Other Former Employees

We spoke to a few of the former employees through private channels who wished to remain anonymous at this time because of possible legal ramifications. They all mentioned in a similar fashion but not exactly the same words:

  • The change of leadership was not needed, the company was doing well even in the face of the global pandemic.
  • The leadership structure was sound and employees were happy.
  • The mission was being accomplished.
  • The future of the Esports Stadium is still in esports even without the former chain of command and employees.
  • They all seemed a bit upset about having to leave and were unhappy about how the current situation has developed and played out.
  • Some reported that they had been promised severance pay, but then were not awarded it at the end of employment.

Esports Stadium

We’ve reached out to the new team at Esports Stadium for comment on the situation, but at this time no one has responded to our requests for more information. The business seems to be going forward as normal, and is still hosting tournaments and running social media campaigns.

On a personal note, if anyone who has been adversely affected by the Esports Stadium changing leadership, please reach out to us and tell us your story. We’d like to at least help anyone signal boost their situation and find new work in the industry as soon as possible.

Florida Mutineers Plunder in the sky warzone tournament

Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Warzone Charity Event


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The Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Warzone Charity Event was on December 4th, 2020 an raised tens of thousands of dollars for a plethora of charities. The COD League franchise organized a great event that raised money for these charities that include but are not limited to:

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Call Of Duty Endowment
  • American Cancer Society
  • Gamers Outreach
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Miami Cancer Institute
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • No Kid Hungry
  • and more.
The Florida Mutineers Plunder in the Sky Live Stream
Call of Duty Challengers

How To Sign Up For COD Challengers Cup 1

Sign Up Challengers Cup #1 – CDL 2021.

The COD League is now allowing teams to sign up for the COD Challengers Cup #1. The 2021 COD Challengers League season begins on December 4th of 2020.

The COD Challengers 2021 season has been announced for December 4th-6th, 2020. If you would like to sign up for the event please visit the official COD Challengers Cup #1 page.


The COD Challengers Cup 1 begins on December 4th at 9:30 PM Eastern Time with the APAC region. It continues through December 5th and 6th for the EU and NA regions tournaments. If you would like to sign up for the event please visit the official COD Challengers Cup #1 page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 APAC – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 EU – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

COD Challengers Cup 1 NA – Official Tournament Page. Official Bracket Page.

  • Price: Free
  • Game: COD Black Ops Cold War
  • Region: North America
  • Platforms: Playstation Xbox
  • Tournament Type: Single Elimination
  • Tournament Size: 1024 teams
  • Team Size: 4 – 4 players
  • Players in Match: 4v4
  • Games Per Round: Best Of 5 games
  • Prize: $2500 USD (APAC: $1500 USD)

Format: This tournament is operating from Single Elimination until Top8 matches are reached. A Double Elimination bracket will be created for the Top8 teams. The Single Elimination portion will run on Saturday, the Double Elimination portion will run on Sunday. The first round of the double elimination bracket will be played Saturday. Please contact live chat with any questions.

Points: Points will be awarded based on turnout as seen in section 4.6 of the Challengers Official Rules.

Check In: Teams must use the Check In system on the day of the Tournament in order to acknowledge that they are ready to play in the Tournament. Teams that DO NOT go through the Check In procedure will not be eligible for the Tournament and will NOT be placed into the Bracket.  Anyone on a Team can check the whole Team in.


The rules for competitive Call of Duty change over time over time. Competitors are encouraged to check the following links periodically to ensure they are fully informed of all currently approved gameplay settings, competitive formats and other such factors that will affect their participation in Call of Duty esports tournaments and events.

To see the latest Competitive Settings please click here. To see the Official Rules for Call of Duty Challengers please click here.


1st Place

  • The 1st place team shall receive: $2,000.00 USD
  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile

2nd Place

  • The 2nd place team shall receive: $500.00 USD
  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile

3rd Place

  • Each player shall receive an achievement on his/her profile


In a moment of surprise, it has been reported that Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez purchased OpTic Gaming back from the Immortals organization. At the time of this article, however, H3CZ himself has not confirmed or even COMMENTED on the report originally released by the news organization known as EsportsObserver.

In June of 2019, the Immortals bought OpTic Gaming from the investment firm that bought it from H3CZ originally. The investment firm refused to sell OpTic Gaming back to H3CZ at the time and it seemed like the previous owner, Ryan “J” Musselman, was to blame for refusing the sale. Some reported that the sale to H3CZ would have been for more money than the firm had actually sold OpTic Gaming to the Immortals for. The Immortals went through with the purchase and invested $25,000,000 for a franchise spot on the Call of Duty League. H3CZ joined up with NRG Esports after the sale of OpTic Gaming to the Immortals and they invested $25,000,000 themselves for a team franchise on the Call of Duty League and called the team the Chicago Huntsmen.

Now with the sale of OpTic Gaming back to H3CZ he will look to divest the Los Angeles Optic from the COD League and maintain his brand probably as a content creation team and street apparel business. The question remains, who will purchase the spot on the COD League and what will that team be called? What city or country will that slot represent?

Our guess is that DrDisrespect will purchase the CDL franchise spot from H3CZ and create the San Diego Champions Club.

We already know that no ADDITIONAL teams will be joining the league for 2021, so that is the only possibility at the moment for a new team is a transfer of a Franchise. We also know that there was definitely interest in expanding the league from new owners and franchisees but the CDL said they wanted to wait for expansion until after the global COVID-19 pandemic was settled.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to reporting more on OpTic Gaming in the future.

Reference/Source: EsportsObserver

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How To Try Out For FaZe Clan

How To Try Out For FaZe Clan

This is how to try out for FaZe Clan. They’ve decided to do a massive recruitment challenge known as the FaZe5. FaZe Clan will choose five (5) new members before the end of 2020.

FaZe Clan Try outs 2020 Recruitment Challenge

The FaZe 5

The FaZe Clan announced on August 24th, 2020 via a tweet that the “Sign-up for FaZe Clan’s 2020 Recruitment Challenge is officially OPEN. When all’s said and done, five people who try out will join FaZe… will it be you?” The tweet linked the official FaZe Clan website to learn more about the details of the FaZe Tryouts, but when you visit, it’s just a form to register your social media links. More than likely they will pull from this list and contact people they are interested in.

FaZe Clan

The FaZe Clan is a gaming lifestyle company with teams that compete in various esports. The company was founded on May 30th, 2010 and has it’s roots in the Call of Duty community. FaZe Clan is indisputably one of the strongest gaming communities in the world.