Epic Games confirmed Friday that he was the commissioner of the Overwatch League and will now oversee the company's efforts in sports. ESPN first reported the news last night.
Nate Nanzer announced Friday night, On twitter, that was coming out of Activision Blizzard. ESPN confirmed with Epic that Nanzer had joined them. In his tweet, Nanzer called the measure "the most difficult decision of my life" and said that "it has been the honor of my life" to work with his colleagues in the Overwatch League.
"It's amazing to be our public face, but too many overestimate my role in making the league excellent," Nanzer wrote. "It's not about me, it's never been, it's all about you."
Blizzard said Friday that Pete Vlastelica, in charge of all the sports products in Activision Blizzard, would go on to the old role of Nanzer in the Overwatch League.
Nanzer was one of the founders of the Overwatch League, which Blizzard announced at the end of 2016. Its inaugural season was in 2018. The league is distinguished by the development of a league calendar and season of permanent teams, with promotion and descent into divisions Similar. to European football. The league started with 12 teams (now 20) and the owners of the teams bought up to $ 20 million.
Vlasteica oversees the Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, which is developing a franchise-based Call of Duty league that is scheduled to begin play in 2020. The owners of the teams there paid $ 25 million each for their franchise.
Earlier this year, Epic bought Psyonix, which established the League of rockets Championship series that was launched last fall. Epic has had two big events in New York this summer. League of rockets duck Fortnite.