Houston Outlaws

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Houston Outlaws
The logo for the Houston Outlaws features two revolvers forming the shape of a longhorn skull in the colors of the team.
Founded September 20, 2017[1]
League Overwatch League
Division Atlantic
Team history Houston Outlaws
Location Houston, Texas
Colors Green, black, white[2][3]
Owner OpTic Gaming
Head coach Tae-yeong "TaiRong" Kim
General manager Matt "flame" Rodriguez
Championships 0
League titles 0
Division titles 0
Stage titles 0
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Website Official website

The Houston Outlaws are an American professional Overwatch esports team based in Houston, Texas. The Outlaws compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Atlantic Division. The team are one of twelve founding members of the Overwatch League.

Franchise history[edit]

On September 20, 2017, American esports organization OpTic Gaming were revealed to have acquired the Houston-based franchise of the Overwatch League.[1] On October 31, the franchise name was revealed as the Houston Outlaws.[2]


Table key[edit]

W Champions RU Runners-up SF Semi-finalist QF Quarter-finalist Postseason berth

Record: Matches won – Matches lost
Finish: Final position in league or division standings
Prize money: Total performance bonuses earned in United States dollars


As of 18 June 2018
Summary of Houston Outlaws Seasons
Season Division Record Win% Finish Postseason Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Prize money Awards
League Division Rank Finals Rank Finals Rank Finals Rank Finals
2018 Atlantic 22-18 .550 7th 5th 2nd SF 7th 9th 5th $75,000


As of 30 March 2018[4]

Current roster[edit]

No. Handle Name Hometown Role Transaction notes
57 Arhan Jung Won-hyeop South Korea Flex
  • Signed on March 30, 2018[5]
3 Bani Christopher Benell Ottawa, Canada Support
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
13 Boink Daniel Pence Gurnee, United States Support
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
11 Clockwork Matthew Dias Red Bank, United States Damage
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
69 Coolmatt Matt Iorio Laporte, United States Tank
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
2 FCTFCTN Russell Campbell Midland, United States Tank
  • Signed on February 16, 2018[7]
66 Jake Jake Lyon San Diego, United States Damage
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
49 LiNkzr Jiri Masalin Turku, Finland Damage
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
12 Mendokusaii Lucas Håkansson Spånga, Sweden Damage
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
17 Muma Austin Wilmot Morrow, United States Tank
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
1 Rawkus Shane Flaherty New York City, United States Support
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]
7 SPREE Alexandre Vanhomwegen Koksijde, Belgium Flex
  • Signed on October 31, 2017[6]

OWL All-Star selections[edit]

The following Outlaws players were selected to the Overwatch League All-Star Game.
Players selected as starters are denoted with an asterisk (*)

  • Muma (Austin Wilmot) – 2018

Head coaches[edit]

As of 10 May 2018
Handle Name From To Span Ref. Notes
TaiRong Kim Tae-yeong October 31, 2017 Present 264 days [6][8]

Academy team[edit]

Founded on February 21, 2018, to compete in Overwatch Contenders North America, the Outlaws' academy team initially went under the moniker "OpTic Academy".[9]

In Season One, the team achieved a playoff berth following a 4–2 regular season record.[10] In the playoffs, an opening round 3–2 victory over the Gladiators Legions set up a semi-finals clash with the Fusion University.[11] However, the academy team of the Philadelphia Fusion and eventual winners would prove to strong resulting in a 1–3 loss.[12][13]

On July 2, 2018, one day prior to Season Two starting, the team announced they would be rebranding themselves as "GG Esports Academy".[14]

Academy roster[edit]

As of 6 July 2018[15]
Handle Name
Aid Ko Jae-yoon
fischer Mads Josef Jehg
Greyy Luís Perestrelo
Kellar Justin Kellar
SharP Hugo Sahlberg
smurf Yoo Myeong-hwan
Tehpwnzorr Joshua Nguyen
Voll Matthew Wallace


  1. ^ a b Chen, James (20 September 2017). "Overwatch League Completes the Circuit". Red Bull. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Carpenter, Nicole (31 October 2017). "Overwatch League's bad boys are here: OpTic Gaming's Houston Outlaws". Dot Esports. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  3. ^ Entertainment, Blizzard (31 October 2017). "PRESENTING THE HOUSTON OUTLAWS". Overwatch League. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "PLAYERS". Overwatch League. Retrieved 3 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Tahan, Chelsey (30 March 2018). "The Houston Outlaws welcome "ArHaN" to the team". Overwatch Wire. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Vejnovic, Tatjana (31 October 2017). "Houston Outlaws Confirmed for Second Texas Team". Overwatch Wire. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  7. ^ Wenrich, Connor (16 February 2018). "Houston welcomes FCTFCTN to their roster". Overwatch Wire. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  8. ^ Lee, Sam (1 November 2017). "Overwatch League Reveals Three More Team Names". Hollywood.com Esports. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 
  9. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (21 February 2018). "Former RunAway tank Kaiser signs with OpTic Gaming's Overwatch League academy team". Dot Esports. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  10. ^ "OVERWATCH CONTENDERS 2018 SEASON 1: NORTH AMERICA". Dot Esports. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  11. ^ "Gladiators Legion vs. OpTic Academy". Dot Esports. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  12. ^ Fitch, Adam (13 May 2018). "Fusion University jerseys cause controversy at Overwatch Contenders NA finals". Cybersport. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  13. ^ O'Brien, Joe (14 May 2018). "Fusion University Wins Overwatch Contenders NA Season One - Final Placements". Dexerto. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "OpTic Academy is now GGEA". GG Esports Academy. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018 – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ "THE TEAMS". Overwatch Contenders. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 

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