On July 3, Dignitas announced that they would be parting ways with General Manager and founder of the organisation, Michael “ODEE” O’Dell, a move that came to the surprise of pretty much everyone who knows ODEE and the history of Dignitas.
The organisation was bought out by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) in 2017, with the same company having a stake in multiple global sport operations such as Crystal Palace FC, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, to name a few.
Since then, Dignitas has rebranded and HBSE have put forth a $20m investment to buy the majority stake in Clutch Gaming from the Houston Rockets, with the intention to rebrand them and bring Dignitas back to the LCS in 2020.
The replies, from some of the biggest names in esports, really say it all.
ODEE himself didn’t say much in a following tweet this morning, July 4, but shows a continued commitment and love for esports.
There has not been any explanation as to why or how this decision ended up being made, but it’s a pretty heartbreaking situation for anyone that has been involved with Dignitas or esports as a whole for the last 20 years.
Hopefully he finds himself back on his feet and doing bigger and better than ever in the near future.