H3CZ and Scump’s Lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Moves to Arbitration

By Arjun Nair
H3CZ and Scump's Lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Moves to Arbitration

### OpTic Gaming Lawsuit Against Activision Blizzard Dismissed by Court

OpTic Gaming founder Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez and Call of Duty legend Seth “Scump” Abner’s $680 million lawsuit against Activision Blizzard has been dismissed by a US court. The final decision will now be made by an arbitrator.

#### Moving the Case to Arbitration

Official court documents confirmed that on March 13, all parties involved in the lawsuit agreed to move the case to arbitration. This means that an independent arbitrator will make the final decision on the dispute. The documents also stated that the plaintiffs disagreed that their claims should be subject to arbitration but agreed to do so in order to avoid the expense and length of litigation on judicial issues.

#### Allegations Made in the Lawsuit

The key claims made in the lawsuit included H3CZ’s allegation that Activision forced him to give up 92.5% of OpTic’s ownership to Envy. Additionally, CDL teams were supposedly made to sign new terms protecting them from any claims made against them. Moreover, H3CZ claimed he was forced to prove he had $3 million in capital to obtain a $10 million line of credit. The lawsuit also challenged the CDL’s exclusive streaming rights deal with YouTube, as Activision Blizzard allegedly granted the rights in exchange for concessions on Google cloud services used for its platforms.

#### The Future of the Lawsuit

Esports legal reporter Nefi Lopez explained that by agreeing to arbitration, Scump and H3CZ’s attorneys have essentially agreed to have the issues arbitrated. If the arbitration process moves forward, both parties have agreed to be bound by the arbitrator’s decision, potentially putting an end to the dispute. It is worth noting that Activision had previously requested arbitration against H3CZ in October 2023 over alleged threats, and later requested arbitration against Scump. This lawsuit was the culmination of these events.

#### No Public Statements from Scump and H3CZ

Both Scump and H3CZ have chosen not to make any public statements about the lawsuits. They also declined to discuss the ongoing legal dispute during a CDL watch party. Dot Esports reached out to both H3CZ and Scump for comment, but no response was received at the time of publishing.

While the court has dismissed the lawsuit, the final outcome is still in the hands of the arbitrator. It remains to be seen how this legal dispute will affect the future of the Call of Duty League.

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