Co-Founder of the Overwatch League, Nate Nanzer will leave Blizzard in order to work with Epic Game’s Esports league.
That’s right, as Nate Nanzer founded the league since it’s announcement in 2016. He announced this himself on Twitter this Friday saying that, “I will be leaving Blizzard for a new opportunity. This has been the toughest decision of my life, because it means I won’t get to work with the best staff, teams, owners.”
Blizzard later said on Friday that Pete Vlastelica, who is in charge of all esports production at Activision Blizzard, would replace Nanzer’s role in the Overwatch League.
“That’s why I’m confident the league is in great hands, I can’t wait to see where the team takes the Overwatch League in 2020 – and beyond. And I’ll be cheering right there alongside you, every step of the way.”
If Nanzer is working with Epic games now, that will most likely mean that he will be looking over the Fortnite League from now on. In addition to this, Epic Games purchased Psyonix, who established a Rocket League tournament last year. This may lead to Nanzer working with them as well to set up different tournaments for Epic Games.
During Nanzer’s time with Blizzard, the team started with a small 12 teams, which has then grown to 8 more teams making 20. Then organizations started to buy in for as much as $20 million. Since Nanzer is leaving Pete Vlastelica to take his place, there will be no doubt that the league will largely stay the same as long as Blizzard keeps up the work with Overwatch.
In the end, Nanzer is moving on to bigger and better things, and the Overwatch has him to thank for it being so successful over the years.