The future has never been more uncertain for OpTic Gaming.
With the announcement of the Riot Game partnership just around the corner, news has emerged that OpTic has failed to make the cut for the Americas League in VCT 2023.
That marked a surprising turn of events, especially considering that OpTic’s roster is widely regarded as the world’s best, finishing in the top three on every international LAN they attended this year.
In an interview with the Washington Post on Valorant Champions 2022, star player Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker seemed equally uncertain about his team’s future. Everything depends on Riot’s franchise decision, and if OpTic doesn’t become a partner, the team’s chances of sticking together will remain up in the air.
OpTic Gaming Could Go Their Own Way
“It depends a lot on franchising because if there’s a situation where we’re not accepted – and even if we want to stick together, there’s a chance buyouts might not work – we could end up breaking up,” he said. Mikhail Klimentov of the Post.
“That would suck, but sometimes that’s just how life is.”
Yay and Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen are reportedly still under contracts with OpTic, while Victor “Victor” Wong and Austin “crashies” Roberts saw their contracts expire in September. The existing contracts could stand in the way of any deal to sign the players as five players alongside coach Chet “Chet” Singh.
On his side, yay still hopes to stick with OpTic. “I hope to be with the same guys because we’ve found so much success and I feel like we’re continuing to improve and grow as a team,” he said.
Their consistency is unmatched this year. While some teams appear in one tournament and disappear in the next, OpTic has always been on the podium.
Elsewhere, OpTic in-game leader Pujan “FNS” Mehta wrote a post on Instagram that read like a suicide note, thanking his teammates and coach for being the “absolute best” anyone could ask for.
Nevertheless, this is all pure speculation until Riot formally announces its partner teams for each of the three international competitions.
Outside of OpTic, a manic season of roster changes is expected to begin as collaborating teams look to bolster their rosters ahead of the VCT 2023 kickoff tournament in Brazil in February.
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