Dignitas have announced the departure of founder and General Manager, Michael "ODEE" O'Dell, from the organization.
Although ODEE has not been CEO of the organization since they were acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers, his name still resonates with many as a veteran of the industry. He currently resides in the United Kingdom, with Dignitas' announcement tweet indicating that his location may have been a factor as they now look to find a new general manager that will "operate in Los Angeles" alongside their new League of Legends franchise.
The move is the latest to see a long-time esports figurehead separated from their team, with Noah Whinston stepping down as CEO of Immortals earlier in the year and Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez being forced out of OpTic by parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment.
Dignitas dropped their male CS:GO roster in the middle of 2018, and currently field a female lineup that is competing in ESEA Main Season 31. The team have secured a spot in playoffs, which will kick off on July 9th, and are next set to take on Orange Sphynx in Spain for DreamHack Showdown on July 5th at 5 AM EDT alongside fellow North American female teams CLG Red and FOREVER 21.
We have mutually parted ways with GM Michael "ODEE" O'Dell and will soon appoint a General Manager that will operate in Los Angeles, alongside our new LCS franchise. We wish @ODEEisOG the very best in his future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/ihRO58YtbJ— DIG (@dignitas) July 3, 2019