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In a shocking turn of events, Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer will be leaving for a new opportunity according to a report from ESPN.
Nanzer posted the news publicly to his Twitter account Friday night stating that he “wanted to share that soon I will be leaving Blizzard for a new opportunity.”
While he didn’t state where he’d be heading, it has come to light that Epic Games is his destination as he moves to head their esports department. This was confirmed by Epic Games which released a statement shortly after.
“We’re excited to welcome Nate to the Epic Games team, where he’ll be working with us on competitive Fortnite,” it read.
Taking over for Nanzer will be President & CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues Pete Vlastelica. It’s unlikely this will be the permanent replacement due to other responsibilities.
Nanzer shared some parting words during his announcement regarding the Overwatch League and the team behind it. “I’m confident the league is in great hands,” he said in closing and followed it up stating “I’ll be cheering right there alongside you, every step of the way.”
One of the original founders of the Overwatch League, Nanzer’s decision to walk away has definitely caused a bit of alarm as the league looks to start its geolocation events. Being one of the biggest hurdles many claim the league has set for itself, losing your commissioner in preparation does not bode well.
Only time will tell where the league ends up and what changes will take place following this move.