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Overwatch League commissioner to leave Blizzard for Epic Games

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The commissioner of the Overwatch League (opens in new tab), Nate Nanzer, is leaving Blizzard to work on competitive Fortnite (opens in new tab) at Epic Games.

Nanzer, who joined Blizzard in 2014, said leaving had been the "toughest decision of my life", but that he was leaving the league in "great hands".

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Nanzer didn't say that he was headed to Epic Games in his farewell tweets but the studio confirmed to ESPN, which first broke the story (opens in new tab), that he would was joining to work on competitive Fortnite. It's already one of the biggest esports around: the Fortnite World Cup (opens in new tab), currently in its seventh week, has a $100 million prize pool.

Nanzer will no doubt try to ensure that the studio better handles changes to the competitive side of the game, which continue to piss off pro players (opens in new tab).

Blizzard announced the Overwatch League in 2016 and its inaugural season was held last year. London Spitfire won the tournament in dominant style (opens in new tab). This year's season began in February and will end in August, with the grand finals held in Philadelphia (opens in new tab).  

In his parting remarks, Nanzer said he had received "way too much credit" for the league's success.

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Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.