Founder of Overwatch League Leaving to Join Epic Games

Nate Nanzer Will Now Oversee the Company’s Esports Endeavours

Nate Nanzer is one of the founding members of the Overwatch League. Nanzer has been working with Blizzard to since the formation of the league was first announced in 2016. Since then he has done an excellent job as the commissioner in separating the league from the competition. Today Nanzer announced that he is leaving Activision Blizzard in order to join Epic Games.

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The Overwatch League has found success largely due to a different model. Similar to European soccer, teams are relegated or promoted between various divisions at the end of the season. Whether or not you are promoted or relegated is based on your final table standings. The Overwatch league began with 12 teams and has since grown to 20, with some organizations buying in for as much as $20 million.

As part of the Epic Games team, Nanzer will likely be overseeing the Fortnite league. Epic Games recently purchased Psyonix, who had established a Rocket League tournament last year. Nanzer may be responsible for growing this as well.

It is worth noting that Activision Blizzard may be struggling financially. In February they revealed that the company was planning to lay off hundreds of employees. Nanzer’s decision to join Epic Games may be related to this.

Replacing Nanzer at Blizzard is Pete Vlastelica, the former man in charge of all esports products at Activision Blizzard. Vlastelica oversaw Activision Blizzard’s Esports League which is looking to introduce a Call of Duty league in 2020.