A few weeks ago, a decision was made, a position was filled, and a flight was caught. Former League of Legends manager Romain Bigeard had a slot open for an interview to discuss what he’s been up to since the end of the spring regular season – among everything else, catching a trip back to his native France to work the stage at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational.

“I’m, like, 24 hours before leaving for France – we’re switching offices, we’re finishing contracts, getting ready for MSI, getting some approvals. It’s a really cool day. I’m happy – it’s already two f---ing PM; the day’s too short, that’s for sure,” he rattled off as we caught up.

“But that’s fine! We are in the 9th of May, and in exactly… 14 days? There’s Han Solo in the cinema, and that is good news.”

“And Deadpool in about a week, if I remember."

“Really?! Shit, that’s true! What a lovely month.”

Despite the hectic nature of Romain’s schedule, he has plenty to celebrate – even for matters outside of a quick jaunt home to hype up the native League of Legends crowd, and other than cinematic expectations. Getting promoted to the foremost position in North America’s most famous esports organization, for instance, tends to elevate one’s mood after an admittedly rough spring.

Familiar Face

This isn’t Romain’s first stint as a general manager, of course, as he served as Unicorn of Love in such a capacity before joining OpTic as manager for its new League of Legends team. But while the titles are the same, the nature and scope of a GM’s work can radically change from organization to organization – or from continent to continent.

“The GM role for Unicorns was a mix between what you could call an office manager and a business developer, and social media manager, and merch manager,” explained Romain. “At OpTic, I was a bit more narrowed into the League of Legends stuff, and I could not control all the parameters.”

“Obviously, Infinite is different. I think moving to the position of GM for OpTic and not just League of Legends is closer to what I was doing for Unicorns, as weird as it might sound. I think what made me good as GM for Unicorns of Love is what is going to make me good as GM for OpTic – better than GM for just OpTic LoL.”

The key point, of course, is flexibility. Because of how much bigger OpTic Gaming is as an organization, a lot more resources are available for him to utilize – but, in turn, that means a lot more people to go through and permissions to seek.

“If you want to randomly create a video and put it online, it’s a big harder with our current process than with Unicorns of Love,” reminisced Romain. “It needs more forecasting – it needs more accountability, because we’re a bigger company.”

“I’m not saying it’s bad – I actually think it’s really good and more efficient. I just need to be a bit higher in the company to still be able to create those ideas and people can actually help me to create even better content and better stuff.”

That said, Romain is the first to acknowledge that he’s largely foreign to the Green Wall’s culture at large, and has little experience with its core in console shooters. Which is why, while he’ll be overseeing the overall strategic direction for the organization, he certainly won’t be doing it alone.

Nick ‘Ashes’ Ridgeway was promoted too, to Assistant GM. And whether within or without the organization, there are few better options to support Romain’s efforts.

“He has all the expertie I don’t have on those specific games,” said Romain about his new right-hand man. “He knows the market – the American market, the console market. He’s known by the community. I think we’re going to complete each other perfectly. I’m really excited with the call I had with him; he seems a perfect fit to work with me.”

Setting Structure

Before he takes up his new office in Frisco, however, GM Romain Bigeard has some unfinished business to polish off with the League of Legends team. Their rough introduction to the game’s franchised era isn’t something to brush aside – but he expects that spring to only be indicative of the standard teething problems associated with rapid growth.

“The first step was to create an efficient structure, which I think we’ve managed to achieve during the off-season right now,” said Romain, who expects the fruits of the organization’s labor to kick in this summer split. “The long-term goal is obviously 2019. As soon as we have an efficient working environment – structure, coaches, things like that – it’s easier to plug-and-play players into it. I have good faith that we are going to develop a couple of the guys from the academy. I really hope we can keep working with some of our best talent – and by that, I mean PowerofEvil and Arrow, for example.”

But while the staff and players are busily hammering together a more cohesive approach to the North American League of Legends competition, the true value may just be to hammer together a more cohesive community with the rest of the Green Wall.

“I’m extremely excited to work with the Green Wall, which is something we couldn’t do with League of Legends so far,” said Romain. “By becoming the GM of OpTic, and having to take care of OpTic’s core games, I’m finally able to meet the Green Wall, and I’m really excited.”