The Overwatch League’s founding commissioner, Nate Nanzer, introduced on Friday evening that he is leaving one of one of the necessary-hyped official esports leagues on this planet. The records became first damaged by ESPN, which reported that Nanzer is leaving the league for the physique of workers-essentially based completely shooter to designate up for Sage Games to work on competitive Fortnite.
“This has been the toughest decision of my existence, on memoir of it procedure I received’t derive to work with the perfect workers, players, groups, owners, partners, and followers in esports anymore,” Nanzer stated on Twitter final evening.
Nanzer has overseen a league that has been aggressively promoted by Overwatch’s builders and publishers at Activision Blizzard and noticed its first season capped out with a packed stadium tournament in Brooklyn, Recent York final summer season.
Alternatively, questions linger about whether or no longer viewership and attendance at glitzy competitive esports events devour the Overwatch League can desire the associated price of trade. Overwatch League has been pushed as an rising trade with a knowing for groups to originate taking part in of their dwelling cities, in its establish of all in Burbank, starting subsequent year. [Correction – 9:40am: This article originally said the teams played in Anaheim; apologies for the error.]
An Sage spokesperson confirmed to ESPN (and later to Kotaku) that Nanzer is heading to their firm to work on competitive Fortnite. The slump is another designate of the ability of Sage’s ubiquitous battle royale game however also of Sage’s contain to increase its solution to Fortnite esports, which, young a scene because it’s, has been beset by cheating and is in a assert of queer flux as its organizers experiment with the principles of play.