Professional Call of Duty player Sam “Octane” Larew has left OpTic Gaming after just months with the esports organisation, in a move that has shocked the CoD community.
As OpTic took to Twitter late in the day on Friday to announce that Octane was leaving the organisation, the 100 Thieves account posted a similar message welcoming him to its ranks.
It was assumed that 100 Thieves had bought out the contract of the Main AR. The player has since confirmed this. However, it seems that there is more to the story than has been revealed so far.
After Octane was bombarded with tweets from competitive CoD fans, he made the decision to confirm that he “didn’t leave OpTic by choice”.
When questioned on whether his contract had been bought out by 100T, he replied:
“After I was dropped on my neck, yeah it was.”
Octane also wrote a tweet to OpTic thanking the organisation, which read:
“Thank you to OpTic Gaming for everything they’ve done for me over the last few months; an unfortunate ending but we made some great memories.
“It’s time to set my sights on bringing home a championship for 100 Thieves,”
He joins former Team Kaliber duo Kenny “Kenny” Williams and Maurice “Fero” Henriquez. Kenny and Fero were announced as 100T players just days ago.
Why did decide to OpTic drop Octane?
OpTic’s messages shed little light on the incident. The organisation thanked the player for his time with the team and wished him the best “as he continues to compete in the CWL”.
However, OpTic’s poor results in recent months likely played a role in its decision to drop Octane. Since the player joined in May, the organisation has struggled in all three major tournaments that they have played in.
OpTic Gaming will now have to find a new fourth player ahead of the Black Ops 4 season.