Overwatch League's bad boys are here: OpTic Gaming's Houston Outlaws
OpTic Gaming's Overwatch League team is called the Houston Outlaws.
The North American esports organization announced its name, branding, and team on Oct. 31. The Houston-based team has 10 Overwatch players. The players will wear OpTic's signature black and green colors on their jerseys, emblazoned with a thoroughly Texas logo.
Here's the roster.
- Austin "Muma" Wilmot
- Matt "Coolmatt" Lorio
- Shane "Rawkus" Flaherty
- Lucas "Mendokusaii" Hakansson
- Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin
- Daniel "Bonik" Pence
- Chris "bani" Bennell
- Jacob "JAKE" Lyon
- Matt "Clockwork" Dias
- Alexandre "SPREE" Vanhomwegen
The announcement confirms an earlier ESPN report that suggested the majority of the FNRGFE roster plus Jake Lyon, Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin, and Lucas "Mendokusaii" Håkansson would join the Houston Outlaws, led by general manager Matt Rodiguez.
"I’m incredibly excited to finally be able to reveal this roster, and I could not be prouder of the final result,” Rodriguez said. “Every player has such a distinct personality, and all of them are pumped to be able to call each other teammates. The mindset and the attitude of the team have been inspiring thus far, and we will continue developing and promoting a winning mentality throughout the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and beyond for the city of Houston."
OpTic CEO Hector Rodriguez and president Ryan Musselman chose the Houston Outlaws logo and name to "honor the region's rebellious and fearless nature in the face of all challenges," according to the press release. The colors are a call back to OpTic's original colors, green and black.
Overwatch League is scheduled to begin its inaugural season on Dec. 6 with a series of preseason exhibition matches. The regular season follows on Jan. 10. The first season will be held at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. Franchises are expected to eventually create home arenas where games will be played.