Hector Rodriguez & MacLean Marshall: November 15, 2016





Hector Rodriguez – Owner/CEO of OpTic Gaming

MacLean Marshall – Sr. Director of Communications & Product Specialist at Turtle Beach


The holidays are here and gaming is bigger than ever, especially with the long-awaited arrival of Virtual Reality, and with more gamers creating their own content and livestreaming it on Twitch and YouTube for friends and fans to experience. But with so many choices out there, how do you decide which gaming headset or accessory to get for the gamer in your family? Clearly, we don’t want you to end up as the person who gave the wrong gaming gift in 2016.

But fear not, because on Tuesday, November 15th, Hector Rodriguez – the owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming, one of the world’s largest and most successful eSports organizations, and MacLean Marshall – Turtle Beach’s own Sr. Director of Communications and Product Specialist, will share their tips on how to find the perfect holiday gift every gamer would love to unwrap.

Some of their tips include:

·         What Gaming Platform do they Prefer?: There’s a variety of different gaming accessories for different systems, whether that be PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, etc. While most of us want to keep gifts as complete surprises, the best way to know you’re on the right track is to start with the right gaming system.

·         What Kind of Games do they Play Most?: Is it a first-person action (FPA or FPS) game? Is it a massive multiplayer online role playing (MMORPG) game? Is it team-based multiplayer? Are they interested in playing games, or are they more interested in content creation, like a walkthrough, tutorial, etc. There are so many options to consider, and there are specific gaming products tailored for each.

·         Gaming Accessories: Gaming accessories are always advancing, and are always a surefire hit gift for the holidays. Be on the lookout for gaming headsets and microphones with the latest in eSports, wireless, game and chat audio, Virtual Reality and livestreaming technologies. But what exactly are you looking for? Do you want a wired or wireless headset? Do you want an amplified or passive headset? Do you want stereo or surround sound? Are you looking to simply replace the chat headset that comes with your PS4™ or Xbox One, or are you looking to upgrade and get additional features and functionality? What are the price points you should be looking at?

There’s a lot to consider when buying a game accessory as a gift, and Hector and Mac are here to walk you through it all…

hector-rodriguezABOUT HECTOR “H3CZ” RODRIGUEZ:

Former insurance analyst turned professional gamer turned team owner of eSports’ most popular franchise, Hector is a transformative figure in the world of eSports. As owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming since 2008, Hector has been instrumental in recognizing and mentoring talent, which has led OpTic Gaming to consistently win major eSports tournaments while propelling the team to new heights in branding and social media. The team currently boasts over 15 million followers across various social channels, and has an extremely vocal and loyal fan base.


MacLean Marshall, or “Mac” as most people call him, spent the majority of his formative years rotting his brain (according to his parents) playing video games, watching cartoons, and being an overall tech-savvy mega nerd before defying all expectations and landing a successful, near 20-year career in the video game industry. In his latest escapades, Mac joined Turtle Beach in early 2015 to work on innovative, technology-driven gaming headsets and audio accessories for PS4™, Xbox One, PC, Mac and mobile/tablet gaming devices. In his time at Turtle Beach, Mac has been a key player in helping shape and drive the current direction for the company deeper into eSports, VR and livestreaming, and was instrumental in Turtle Beach’s partnering with Hector and the OpTic Gaming organization. Prior to  joining Turtle Beach, Mac led PR and communications efforts at video game publishers large and small, including Interplay Entertainment, Codemasters, Vivendi Games & Sierra Entertainment, with the majority of his career at Activision where he worked on nearly every game in the massive Call of Duty franchise, as well as on popular licensed properties, including Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, video games based on Marvel’s Super Heroes and James Bond, and a variety of other popular titles during his ridiculously long tenure there.


OpTic Gaming, LLC., also referred to as the The Green Wall, is a professional eSports team based in the Chicagoland area. OpTic currently has teams playing Call of Duty, Halo, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Gears of War. Founded in 2006 by Ryan “OpTic J” Musselman and “OpTic KR3W,” the company is currently owned and operated by Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez. Under Hector’s reign, OpTic Gaming has become a dominant force in the eSports arena with the team achieving great accomplishments. OpTic are two-time Summer X Games champions – winning in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Additionally, they have won pro player of the year at the 2014 Game Awards and were voted the Best eSports Team of the Year Award at the 2015 Game Awards, and have won multiple MLG and UMG championships over the past several years.


Turtle Beach  is a leading audio technology company for over 40 years. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, the Company pioneered the console gaming headset space over a decade ago, and has been the clear market share leader for the past six years with its wide selection of acclaimed gaming headsets for use with PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, as well as with PC, Mac and mobile/tablet devices. Turtle Beach prides itself on creating a broad portfolio of gaming headsets and audio accessories catering to a variety of gamers’ desires and budgets, and the Company’s success is driven by its years-long heritage as audio experts paired with its drive to create high-quality products that improve gamers’ experiences through innovative features and the best audio.


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