OpTic Gaming CEO Hector Rodriguez Joins Dallas Sidekicks Ownership Group

by | Oct 30, 2023
A lifelong soccer fan, Rodriguez is now one of the owners of the Dallas indoor soccer team. Sidekicks President Jesse Llamas hopes the Frisco-based esports pioneer will help his team "unite the physical and digital realms, creating an immersive journey that resonates with fans of all ages."
Emerging Trends: Three Futurists Predict The Tech That Comes Next
by | Feb 15, 2023
From AI to human longevity to xTech, North Texas experts George Brody of InfoNet of Things and Anurag Jain of Perot Jain, along with Mike Bechtel of Deloitte, predict a range of emerging technologies set to transform the world in 2023 and beyond.
From SaaS to Coding to Social Impact, See What Awaits You at Dallas Startup Week
by | Aug 2, 2022
Dallas Startup Week is only days away. In addition to three big summits, the DEC Network's flagship week-long event will offer sessions on 21 different "tracks." From social impact to startup funding to esports and emerging tech, here's a look at what the week holds in store.
Frisco’s OpTic Gaming Acquires Dallas Streamer Tool Startup Botisimo
by | Jul 19, 2022
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.

Longstanding Dallas Esports Franchise Takes on a New Name

by | Jun 28, 2022
Envy Gaming, a well-known name in the esports space, is retiring its branding but the competitive action will continue on.
Studio Created by Words With Friends Co‑Founder Raises $46M for Web3 Battle Arena Game
by | Jun 14, 2022
McKinney-based Playful Studios and its Wildcard Alliance subsidiary—led by Words With Friends co-founder Paul Bettner—raised the funding for Wildcard, which combines arena-style battles with a collectible card game. “With Wildcard, we're focused on fun first, building a next-generation 'spectator sport' to welcome the entire community of competitors, collectors, sponsors, and fans to play together," Better says.
North Texas Video Game Developer Worldspark Studios Lands $3M for Metaverse Platform
by | Feb 28, 2022
The blockchain gaming studio's first title is Edenbrawl, a tech fantasy-style online multiplayer battle game. Within the game, players will be able to purchase and trade NFTs tied to things like character skins and weapons skins.
OpTic Gaming Merges With Envy Gaming to Form a Combined North Texas Esports Powerhouse
by | Nov 8, 2021
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.
Envy Gaming owner Mike Rufail

The Founder of Envy Gaming Says the Popularity of Esports Is ‘Enormous and Growing’ in a Virtual Pandemic World and Beyond

by | Feb 18, 2021
2020 was "really an opportunity for esports to shine with traditional sports on hiatus" says Mike Rufail. The esports innovator talks about the team's new HQ in Victory Park, the pandemic's impact on esports, efforts to "get out the gamer" vote, and what's next.
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Desoto-Based Esposure is Building an Esports Learning Center for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department
by | Jan 27, 2021
Newly launched Esposure4All, a charitable foundation from esports development platform Esposure, is seeking to empower underrepresented youth through esports experiential learning.
DeSoto-Based Geekletes Rebrands as Full-Service Education Hub For the Competitive Gaming Community
by | Nov 23, 2020
Now known as Esposure, the company provides a learn-and-earn model for gamers at any level. The STEM courses also focus on the business behind esports: production, marketing, management, and more.
‘Y’All Aboard’: Dallas‑Fort Worth’s VC Activity Gaining Steam
by | Nov 19, 2020
The focus was on the Dallas region for the final leg of the Texas Startups Roadshow. Here's a rundown.

Unicorns Can Happen Here. Why Dallas-Fort Worth is Fertile Ground for Tech Startups

Dallas-Fort Worth's strength in diverse industry hotspots such as fintech, AI, and life sciences make it a seedbed for billion-dollar players to emerge.
Complexity Gaming Partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Extra Life Program
by | Nov 6, 2019
Jerry Jones' esports organization is joining forces with CMN Hospitals' gaming-focused fundraising program, Extra Life.
Pizza Hut Lands the First-Ever Virtual Esports Stadium Rights Deal
by | Jul 30, 2019
Plano-headquartered Pizza Hut is this year serving as an official sponsor of EA and the NFL's Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. As part of the deal, the virtual in-game stadium experience will be referred to as “Pizza Hut Stadium.”
Dallas Youth Sports Tech Startup Moves Into Esports, Partners With HBCU Go
by | Jul 16, 2019
AMPlifi Sports Group levels the playing field for amateur athletes through a cross-platform mobile app and convergence platform. Now, the startup has signed a deal with HBCU Go to extend its platform into the esports ecosystem with a strong focus on mental performance, social gaming, and lifestyle.