The Overwatch League has lost five of its on-air talent in the past few weeks, about a month before the start of the third season. While their individual reasons vary for parting ways with Blizzard, their combined sudden departures did cause a little concern among fans (and followers) about the future.
In a statement issued to The Esports Observer recently, senior director Jon Spector wished the departing talent nothing but the best. He also noted that the Overwatch League had the best broadcast production in esports in the past two years. In 2020, however, Blizzard will have to evolve the broadcast to new heights.
We think we’ve had the best broadcast production in esports in 2018 and 2019, and our goal this season is no different as we evolve our broadcast to meet the needs of fans experiencing live esports in markets all over the world for the first time.
Those from the on-air talent who have left include Malik Forté, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, and Chris Puckett. Mykles, one of the first ones to join the Overwatch League, stated that he had lost faith in the management after founding commissioner Nate Nanzer left last year. Lonnquist, long-time friend and broadcast partner of Mykles, is assumed to have a similar complain. Forté on the other hand stated that he was pretty upset with the salary offer for the upcoming third season. Puckett went back to freelance because his wife got a promotion that landed her in New York. In all, the Overwatch League has lost a significant amount of talent.
Blizzard should be announcing the new replacements in the coming weeks. The Overwatch League officially begins with the third season on February 8 and 9 with matches set to take place in New York and Arlington, Texas.