The parent company of the Overwatch League’s Washington Justice is interested in purchasing OpTic Chicago’s Call of Duty League franchise slot and setting up a rebranded team in the nation’s capital, DotEsports reported Friday.
The Justice are considered “one of two serious parties in negotiations” with OpTic Chicago’s parent company, NRG Esports, per the report.
If a deal is finalized, esports fans could expect to see Washington take over a rebooted CDL franchise in place of OpTic, which was previously reported to be looking into a merger with league rival Dallas Empire.
There are currently 12 teams in the Call of Duty League, which are headquartered in cities around the U.S. plus Toronto, London and Paris. Washington, D.C. has never had a CDL franchise but is otherwise active in the esports scene, with the Justice competing in OWL and multiple esports facilities in the city.
The OpTic branding has been passed around the league more than once. Chicago’s CDL franchise used to be named the Huntsmen before taking on the OpTic label ahead of the 2021 season.
–Field Level Media