Infinite Esports and Entertainment, which owns prominent esports franchise OpTic Gaming, will cut ties with one of its investor groups, Deep Space Ventures, after the company's managing partner was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attacking his wife with a hammer, according to a report from ESPN.
Sources say Infinite Esports & Entertainment, ownership group of OpTic Gaming & the Houston Outlaws, will be cutting ties with one of its investors after the managing partner was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife with a hammer.https://t.co/DmHCCoq3fM pic.twitter.com/xE9lmMe9qT— ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) August 8, 2018
Stephen Hays, 38, was arrested Sunday and faces a second degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Dallas Morning News. Hays posted a $50,000 bond Tuesday.
Hays is a former investment banker and founded Deep Space Ventures in 2016. Deep Space invested in Infinite, OpTic's ownership group, late last year. Deep Space has invested in other esports companies such as PlayVS, Mobalytics, Battlefy and Ateyo, according to the ESPN report.
According to the Morning News, citing an arrest warrant affidavit, a police officer at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center was called by medical staff to the emergency room, where Christine Hays, Stephen's wife, said her husband assaulted her with a hammer after the two returned home from a concert that night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Christine Hays told police she left the concert alone in an Uber after Stephen declined her request to dance, and when he returned home later, she said she woke up to her husband yelling and walking into the room with a hammer. She told police he hit her in the head and began throwing items at her across the bedroom.
Police searched the couple's home and found the master bedroom's door broken off and hammer stuck in the wall above the bed's headboard, according to the Morning News.