theScore esports Daily (August 9): OpTic cut ties with Deep Space Ventures after managing partner is arrested for aggravated assault, IEM Chicago announced

by theScore Staff Aug 9
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OpTic cuts ties with Deep Space Ventures after managing partner is arrested for aggravated assault

Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the ownership group behind OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws, is cutting ties with investor Deep Space Ventures after the company's managing partner, Stephen Hays, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, according to a report by ESPN's Jacob Wolf.

The 38-year-old was arrested on Sunday after allegedly attacking his wife with a hammer in their home in Frisco, Texas. Hays has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Dallas Morning News.

According to ESPN report, in November of last year Hays pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted assault and attempted extortion after he was accused of striking a woman and pushing her down the stairs of a bar in Colorado.

IEM Chicago announced

Chicago has been chosen as the host city of the Intel Extreme Masters North American tournament in a three-year deal between ESL, Intel, the United Center and the Wintrust Arena.

This year's event will take place November 10-11 and will feature a $250,000 prize pool. The group stage of the event will be held at the Wintrust Arena before moving to the United Center which is the home of the Chicago Bulls.

IEM Chicago 2018 will also be part of the Intel Grand Slam, which awards a $1 million bonus prize for the first team to win four out of 10 premier CS:GO events organized by ESL and DreamHack.

Eight of the 16 teams competing in the event have already been given direct invites.

The invited teams include:

  • Astralis
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Liquid
  • mousesports
  • MIBR
  • NRG Esports
  • Renegades
  • BIG

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