Nate Nanzer is leaving Blizzard for a new role driving Fortnite esports at Epic Games.
Speaking on Twitter, the Overwatch League co-founder and commissioner revealed that he is departing Activision Blizzard. After two-and-a-half years directing the league, Nanzer departs to take on an unspecified role managing Epic Games’ esports efforts.
Hey Overwatch League family. I wanted to share that soon I will be leaving Blizzard for a new opportunity. 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. 1/4— Nate Nanzer (@natenanzer) May 25, 2019
ESPN reports that Nanzer will be succeeded by Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues CEO Pete Vlastelica. Vlastelica has been behind the publisher’s pro-gaming efforts for three years, following a five-year stint at Fox Sports.
Vlastelica commented: "We have the best team in the business working incredibly hard to realise 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."
While Nanzer’s thread didn’t explicitly reveal where he was headed, Epic has since confirmed that the former commissioner will be helping drive “competitive Fortnite”.