Epic Nabs Overwatch League Commissioner To Oversee Competitive Fortnite

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor May 25, 2019
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Epic isn't just snatching games for its store -- it's also pilfering people.

Nate Nanzer, the commissioner and co-founder of the Overwatch League, will be departing Activision Blizzard for a role with Epic Games, to work on developing the competitive side of Fortnite. Nanzer broke the news yesterday via Twitter:

He will be replaced as Overwatch League commissioner by Pete Vlastelica, a former Fox Sports executive vice president who currently oversees all of Activision Blizzard's esports products.

In just a few years, Nanzer helped launch an esports league with teams based around cities in North America, Asia, and Europe, an unusual proposition for esports, and one that will be mimicked by Activision's Call of Duty league when it launches in 2020. Given the apparent success of the Overwatch League, it wouldn't be surprising to see him do something similar for Fortnite -- though OWL's success may be inflated to some degree, as this article lays out in great detail.

In any case, some of the numbers surrounding the OWL, and what it's brought to Activision Blizzard, are indisputable. Franchise fees in the tens of millions of dollars and a $90 million deal with Twitch for broadcast rights are just a few we know about. Sponsors such as T-Mobile, Toyota, and Coca-Cola are likely also shelling out significant sums. Epic will hope that Nanzer can bring in that kind of bank for Fortnite, too.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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