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Nate Nanzer of Overwatch League fame is joining Epic Games

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Picture of Nate Nanzer during his time with Overwatch League
Overwatch League Commissioner - Nate Nanzer

Nate Nanzer was one of the key Blizzard people in Overwatch League (OWL) which is the reason why many attribute the competition's success to him. He has recently announced that he joined Epic Games and is leaving OWL in safe hands.

Overwatch League lost its commissioner, Nate Nanzer, who recently shared his thoughts in a chain of tweets. Him leaving Blizzard was apparently not due to workplace issues since Nanzer explained he is leaving OWL in good hands while several colleagues and acquaintances expressed their gratitude for his contributions.

Nanzer joined Blizzard in 2014 and is leaving for Epic Games five years into the journey. While his chain of tweets didn't specify where he is going next, ESPN did. The confirmation apparently came from Epic Games, rather than Nanzer himself.

According to Epic's statement, Nanzer will be working on Fortnite's competitive scene that has its highs and lows. For example, it is obvious Epic Games want in on the eSports gig since they are throwing cash around like there is no tomorrow. Fortnite World Cup is underway already and it has a $100 million prize pool.

On the flip side, Fortnite's tournaments are often plagued with cheaters. In fact, over 1,200 accounts were banned after cheaters were exposed and around 200 of them had to give up prize money. At the beginning of May 2019, it was revealed one player managed to cheat his way into the World Cup but was banned immediately afterwards.

While the initial statement from Epic didn't reveal much of what exactly Nanzer will working on regarding Fortnite's competitive scene, acquisition of a high profile name hints Epic don't intend to release the gas pedal on the road to eSports glory.

Epic GamesPicture of Nate Nanzer during his time with Overwatch LeagueFortnite

It still remains to be seen how Nanzer will acclimate to the change though. Fortnite is a battle royale after all and as such, it mostly has to play out online where regulation is much harder. It is easier to accommodate twelve players from two teams needed for an Overwatch match than it is 100 needed for a Fortnite battle royale.