OGN, an illustrious tournament organizer and broadcasting corporation from South Korea, has decided to part ways with Overwatch for an indefinite period. This means that Overwatch Apex, the largest and most prestigious tournament circuit in the world, will also be discontinuing because OGN is washing its hands off the game completely.
“First of all, we apologize to the fans who have supported Overwatch Apex for not being able to continue our journey,” OGN told Inven Global in a statement. “It was a competition that OGN had actively invested in so that Overwatch could be settled in the esports scene. We did our best to make Overwatch Apex successful, and we also put in a lot of effort so that Overwatch may become a good esports event.”
Blizzard is said to have refused to work with OGN for Overwatch Contenders in South Korea, instead offering the license to a rival broadcast partner in the region. The veteran organizer did not take this lightly because it had agreed to “most of Blizzard’s conditions” until it came to know that the developer had actually already talked with another party.
“OGN acknowledges Blizzard as a very important partner,” the company added. “We will continue to have a good relationship with them in the esports scene and we respect and accept their decision.”
It is a shame really. OGN was largely responsible for the esports building of the vibrant team-based shooter. In fact, many of the talent from Overwatch Apex ended up in the highly ambitious Overwatch League. To make the situation worse, the company was half-way through preparing the fifth season before it decided to make an exit.
There were already rumors that OGN is looking forward to setting up a new league for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) this year. The latest events pretty much make that a likelihood, since PUBG Corp. has been playing nicely with the esports crowd and organizers so far.