The Envy Foundation recently opened applications for Texas-based schools to obtain grants to fund esports projects. Applicants that are approved will receive $5,000 to $15,000. Additionally, Envy partnered with Acer, which will provide schools with its Predator brand equipment.
Just days later, a report was released by Dot Esports claiming Envy Gaming was interested in acquiring OpTic Gaming. According to Dot Esports, Envy Gaming, NRG Esports, and Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez have been discussing a multi-pronged deal that would merge OpTic Gaming and the Dallas Empire. Also, this potential agreement would see OpTic sell its Chicago Call of Duty League spot to a third party.
“The report also says that the deal, if finalized, would likely spell the end for the Empire brand — as Dallas would adopt the OpTic name — and that Rodriguez would help run the team alongside Envy Gaming owner Mike Rufail,” writes Demetrio Teniente of The Dallas Morning News.
Lastly, Envy announced Eric Duncan and Erin Schandle had joined the organization’s marketing team. Duncan will be the Head of Marketing while Schendle will be Senior Vice President of Sales and Partnerships.
“Eric and Erin are proven leaders with success at each step in their careers building innovative programs and new ways for larger and larger audiences to engage with the content and brands that they love,” said Adam Rymer, the CEO of Envy Gaming. “We’re excited to add them to our talented leadership team in North Texas at a pivotal moment for Envy as we expand our role at the intersection of gaming, entertainment, and technology.”