Overwatch League commissioner leaving Blizzard for Epic Video games’ Fortnite division
One of many head honchos of Blizzard’s Overwatch League is leaving the corporate to take up a brand new function with Epic Video games. As reported by ESPN, Nate Nanzer might be becoming a member of the Fortnite developer to assist develop the aggressive scene of the favored battle royale title.
Talking this weekend on twitter, Nanzer stated the choice was “hardest of his life” as “it means I gained’t get to work with the most effective workers, gamers, groups, homeowners, companions, and followers in esports anymore.” Nanzer has been with Blizzard since 2014 and has curated the Overwatch League – or “OWL” for the cool children – into an enormous, hype and financially profitable venture. Little doubt Epic are hoping he can do the identical for Fortnite’s personal esports scene.
Clearly, Epic are all-in. The developer has lately contributed a cool $100 million USD to the Fortnite circuit, which features a $30 million prize pool for July’s World Cup Finals. I might hazard a guess that, given his pedigree within the esports subject, Nanzer did not come low cost both. Hopefully for Epic all this funding will repay in future aggressive occasions.
The Overwatch League has already introduced Nanzer’s function might be stuffed by former FOX Sports activities Vice-President Pete Vlastelica, who’s presently a serious producer in all of Blizzard’s esports ventures. Stage Three of the present OWL season begins June 4.
Overwatch League commissioner Nanzer to affix Epic Video games [ESPN]