Report: OpTic Gaming buys OWL spot, applying for NA LCS

by Daniel Rosen Sep 12
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OpTic Gaming has reportedly purchased a spot in the Overwatch League and is in the second phase of their application for the NA LCS, according to a report by ESPN's Jacob Wolf.

The report alleges that OpTic has finalized a deal with an investment group led by Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman, citing sources close to the team and investment group. This money has reportedly gone towards a $20 million OWL spot in Houston, and could be used for the $13 million franchise fee for the NA LCS.

In July, OpTic Gaming announced the organization was moving from Chicago to Dallas. The move is expected to be finalized later this year.

Should OpTic join the Overwatch League, they would be the eighth North American team and the 10th team overall to join the league. Currently, there are no publicly announced OWL teams based in Texas. Riot has yet to officially announce any teams that are joining the new, franchised NA LCS system.

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