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OpTic Gaming Makes Executive Leadership Changes » Dallas Innovates

The founder of OpTic Gaming is stepping back into the CEO role at the entertainment, media, and esports company.

Hector Rodriguez founded OpTic in 2006, which has become one of the most winning esports organizations in the world. Adam Rymer, who joined its then-named parent company Envy Gaming in the summer of 2020, is stepping down as CEO. He’ll shift to a strategic advisor role, the company announced today.

“Adam has been instrumental in accelerating our business and setting strategic priorities for the future and a driving force in helping our organization more than double revenue over the last 12 months,” said Geoff Moore, president and COO at OpTic in a statement. “We’re continuing to push the industry forward and bring ways to excite and engage with fans to life through content, events, and new platforms. I’m grateful to have Adam staying on as a strategic advisor to the company on several initiatives as he also takes time to focus on projects outside of our business.”

Rodriquez will drive OpTic’s “long-term vision for innovation, content, media, and fan engagement,” according to the organization.

OpTic, which has produced award-winning docuseries and operates Esports Stadium Arlington, Optic has a global with content creators, competitive gamers, and esports teams. Its ownership group includes Rodriguez and fellow esports pioneer Mike Rufail, along with Gray Television.

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  • The deal brings together Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez and Mike “Hastr0” Rufail—the leaders of OpTic and Envy, respectively—who have been longtime friends and esports rivals.

  • Frisco-based OpTic Gaming—which rebranded from Envy Gaming last month following its November merger with OpTic—has acquired Dallas streamer tool startup Botisimo. Botisimo’s tools reach more than 36 million unique viewers each month for 30,000+ streamers including Snoop Dogg, Monstercat, and Dude Perfect. OpTic believes it’s “one of the most powerful tools a creator can use to engage with their audience,” said OpTic CEO Adam Rymer, who joined the startup’s board last year.

  • In this week’s roundup of 25 hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Bottle Rocket, Texas Health Aetna, Trinity Metro, Mitel, State Fair of Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas Afterschool, Mitel, Talus Pay, Globe Life, PHP Agency, and Texas Security Bank.

  • This Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6, some 250 female leaders will gather for the 5th annual Women’s Leadership Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas. Founded by former Texas State Representative Helen Giddings, the event has a goal of women empowering women to promote mentorship, entrepreneurship, and breaking down barriers to women in leadership.

  • The 8th annual Game Awards—called “the Oscars for the gaming world” by the New York Times, with over 83 million livestreams in 2020—will be shown live at select Cinemark theaters across the U.S. along with an advance screening of “The King’s Man,” an origin story for Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsmen” film series.


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