OpTic Gaming’s Overwatch League team to be named Houston Outlaws

01 November 2017


The latest in the string of the Overwatch League’s team names has now been revealed, with the Houston Outlaws joining the fray. The Houston Outlaws is the brand of the OpTic Gaming team.

Credit: Houston Outlaws // OpTic Gaming

In addition to the aforementioned branding, OpTic has revealed a ten-strong roster and three members of coaching staff. The full roster can be seen below: 


  • Austin “Muma” Wilmot
  • Matt “Coolmatt” Iorio
  • Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty
  • Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson
  • Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin
  • Daniel “Boink” Pence
  • Chris “Bani” Bennell
  • Jacob “JAKE” Lyon
  • Matt “Clockwork” Dias
  • Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen


  • Taeyeong “TaiRong” Kim
  • Adam “MESR” De La Torre
  • Hyeonwoo “HyeonWoo” Kim

Rounding off the team is Matt “Flame” Rodriguez who comes in as the Outlaws General Manager. He stated in a press release: “I’m incredibly excited to finally be able to reveal this roster, and I could not be prouder of the final result. Every player has such a distinct personality, and all of them are pumped to be able to call each other teammates. The mindset and the attitude of the team have been inspiring thus far, and we will continue developing and promoting a winning mentality throughout the inaugural season of the Overwatch League and beyond for the city of Houston”. 

The design of the brand is based around the history of the region. OpTic explain that the name was chosen to “honour the region’s rebellious and fearless nature in the face of all challenges, channelling its history and fight for independence to create a name and identity that is as large-and-in-charge as its hometown”. 

The green and black in the logo encompass the “Green Wall”, OpTic’s somewhat famous esports fan base with the star representing the team’s “pride in being part of the Lone Star State”. 

Hector Rodriguez, CEO of OpTic Gaming stated: “We’re excited for the Houston Outlaws to join the Green Wall family. All of our fans live to compete—to be louder than everyone else and to deafen the competition with our skilled play and enthusiasm. The Houston Outlaws will continue our historical dominance in esports and introduce a new meaning of ‘community’ to our fans in Texas.”

Esports Insider says: Definitely one of the better, if not the best pieces of OWL branding we’ve seen. OpTic already has a fanatical fan base and it hasn’t alienated it with the design which is vitally important.