Overwatch League commissioner joins Epic’s Fortnite esports push

Overwatch League commissioner joins Epic’s Fortnite esports pushNate Nanzer was one of the founders of The Overwatch LeagueMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 28th May 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardEpic GamesOverwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer will leave Activision Blizzard for a new role at Epic Games.Nanzer announced the news on Twitter last week, though he offered no details on the “new opportunity” that had tempted him away from The Overwatch League.”This has been the toughest decision of my life, because it means I won’t get to work with the best staff, players, teams, owners, partners, and fans in esports anymore,” Nanzer said.ESPN confirmed with Activision Blizzard that Pete Vlastelica will replace Nanzer as The Overwatch League’s commissioner. Vlastelica has been CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues for almost three years, following more than five years at Fox Sports.”We have the best team in the business working incredibly hard to realize the vision we set out to create years ago, and I’ll be working very closely with our staff, the teams and partners to do just that,” Vlastelica said in a statement.Epic Games subsequently confirmed that Nanzer was joining the company to work on, “competitive Fortnite.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The fact that Epic has huge ambitions in the esports space has been apparent since it announced a $100 million prize-pool for Fortnite events in 2018. Earlier this year, it committed another $100 million for prizes in 2019.At the start of this month, Epic acquired Psyonix, and in doing so brought the established Rocket League esports brand under its control.If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 10 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 13 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.