Texas Rangers Co-Owner Plays Ball and Picks Up OpTic Gaming

Another traditional sports powerhouse is getting into the world of esports.


The trend for traditional sports owners these days appears to be getting into the growing world of esports. Wednesday morning came the latest, with Neil Leibman, co-owner of the Texas Rangers, purchasing a majority share of OpTic Gaming.

The report comes via a report from Sports Business Daily (via Dot Esports), which notes that OpTic will become a part of Leibman's Infinite Esports & Entertainment esports company. Furthermore, all operations will move to a new headquarters based in Dallas.

OpTic is among the most high-profile esports organizations in the world, boasting the 2017 Call of Duty world champion squad, the Halo Championship Series Pro League Fall 2017 Champions, and the ELEAGUE Season 2 champions for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. They also have representation in both the upcoming Overwatch League (as the Houston Outlaws) and the League of Legends NA LCS. Leibman's investment is expected to go towards the hefty joining fees for the latter two leagues, which cost $33 million combined, as well as fund moves towards potential new esports ventures.

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