OpTic Gaming: The Making of eSports Champions
OpTic Gaming, the four-time Call of Duty Major League Gaming Champions and one of the top eSports teams in the world, now takes fans behind the controller—into the game and the minds of the greatest gamers in the world—in this fascinating and unique memoir and insider guide.
Emerging on the scene in 2006, OpTic Gaming has dominated the Call of Duty e-sports arena, thanks to the talents of legendary players such as Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag, the biggest eSports personality on earth; Seth “Scump” Abner, the best Call of Duty player in the world; Midnite, one of the first girl gamers to rise to stardom on YouTube; and Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, the team founder and CEO. With over 14 million followers across social platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, no other team of players in eSports can match OpTic's popularity or ability to bring fans into the game.
Now, these remarkable players have collaborated to produce this one-of-a-kind book. In OpTic Gaming, they candidly share their story of becoming Call of Duty's global royalty—ESPN XGAMES, MLG, ESWC and GFINITY champions—laying bare their lives, exploring what it takes to make it in professional gaming, and speaking honestly about the consequences of their newfound fame. These best-of-the-best take you behind the controller, offering insights, knowledge, and strategies to help you improve your shot, master the most complex maps, and conquer the game with the ultimate weapons. Going beyond their number-one game, the team also discusses the rest of their lineups and how to become a champion in any arena. Revealing their go-to strategies, best missions, and favorite challenges, OpTic Gaming brings fans closer to these wildly popular professional gamers more than ever before.
When Xbox Live came out at the end of 2005, people were now able to sit in their
living rooms and play online with people from all over the country. My
introduction to online gaming was the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
series, but ...
Playing online was fun, but the idea of going to an actual event to play against
other teams live and in person sounded awesome. In November 2007, OpTic
participated in our firstever eSports LAN (local area network) tournament in
Go check out one of his live streams and you'll know exactly what I mean. For the
first year I was in OpTic, I identified Ryan by his voice because I had only seen
this one blurry picture of him online. It wasn't until I was in that Orlando hotel
I'm gonna go live life and have fun. This is now your team. Do with it what you
want.” At this point there was no money involved. There were no sponsors or
legalities whatsoever. When Ryan left, I could have easily started my own team
In those days, live commentaries weren't common. People would usually record
the game play and then add voiceover after about the game or even random
topics like how to get a girl. Everyone's style and approach was different. It was
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The Best Year of My Life
From GTA to
One Step Back and Two Steps Forward
The OpTic House
Losing a Legend 27 Scump Theres Nothing Better Than Winning
A Long Way from Ohio
My Career in Gaming
Keep On Keepin
Livin the Dream
Already Focused on Next Year
OpTics Best Year Ever?
I Loved Advanced Warfare
OPTIC TODAY AND TOMORROW
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