OpTic Gaming fell just short of gaming glory in the Call of Duty Championships on Sunday in Los Angeles. The team, which won the tournament in 2011, lost in a tough second round matchup to Fariko Impact. OpTic recovered and swept through the rest of lower bracket to claim third place and a $120,000 prize.
Following the tournament, OpTic Nadeshot posted the following message on Facebook: “Thanks for all the support, guys. Ended up placing third, taking home $120,000. Sorry we couldn't bring home 1st!”
It wasn’t easy for Nadeshot, who suffered a bout of at the stomach flu days before the tournament that required a trip to the hospital. OpTic Gaming also had to face off against the eventual champions, Fariko Impact, early in the tournament.
Fariko Impact is associated with the Fariko Gaming group, reported to be the largest organized eSports community for 'Call of Duty.' The team also won the $20,000 first place prize in the 2013 Major League Game Winter Championships last month for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2."
Those stakes seem modest compared to those at Activision’s official tournament, which ran April 5-7 at the Hollywood Palladium Theater. Thirty-two of the most skilled 'Black Ops 2' eSports teams were selected to compete head-to-head using the Xbox 360 version of the game for a share of the $1 million prize purse.
It was a true world tournament, as teams like InFiDream from Asia, Epsilion.IRL from Ireland and Made in Brazil from, um, Brazil competed against North America’s OpTic Gaming and Fariko.Impact.
Call of Duty Championship Final Results:
1st: Fariko Impact - $400,000
2nd: EnVyUs - $200,000
3rd: OpTic Gaming - $120,000
4th: compLexity - $100,000
5th: FeaR - $70,000
6th: Epsilon - $50,000
7th: vVv Gaming - $35,000
8th: InFerno - $25,000