Nate Nazer, the first-ever commissioner of Blizzard’s Overwatch League (OWL), has officially left the company. After leading the esports division from the first day, his next destination will be at Epic Games, where Nazer will head up the esports and competitive side of things for Fortnite.
Being an integral part of starting the OWL, this is indeed an epic hire by Epic Games, and this could mean even better things for those in the esports scene for Epic’s battle royale.
Epic said it’s “excited to welcome Nate to the Epic Games team, where he’ll be working with us on competitive Fortnite.”
Leaving Blizzard was the “toughest decision” Nanzer has ever taken in his life, as it would mean that he “won’t get to work with the best staff, players, teams, owners, partners, and fans in eSports anymore,” he said on Twitter. Nanzer remains proud of his and OWL’s achievements since its inception.
The outgoing commissioner also stressed that while he was OWL’s public face, the league would not be as successful if not for all the fans, players, and staff. “It isn’t about me; it’s never been. It’s about all of you,” Nanzer said, and is leaving OWL 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.
According to ESPN, former Fox Sports head Pete Vlastelica will be stepping in to take over as OWL’s commissioner.
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