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Overwatch League commissioner leaves to run esports at Epic Games

Published: 25/May/2019 9:50 Updated: 25/May/2019 10:27

by Daniel Cleary

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Overwatch League commissioner, Nate Nanzer is set to take a role overseeing competitive esports at Epic Games, according to a report from ESPN.

Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the most popular games in the battle royale genre and they will be hosting one of the largest esports events in history on July 26, the Fortnite World Cup, which will have $30 million up for grabs.

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According to a report by ESPN, Epic Games have decided to add to their esports team by bringing in the Overwatch League Commissioner, Nate Nanzer a few weeks out from the big event.

Blizzard EntertainmentNate Nanzer was one of the founding members of the Overwatch League.

Nate announced on May 24 that he would he would be stepping down from his current role at Activision Blizzard as the Overwatch League commissioner for a new opportunity, but many were unsure as to where he would go next.

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The Overwatch League confirmed that Nanzer will be replaced by current president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues, Pete Vlastelica which will be effective immediately.

Nate explained how tough of a decision this was for him to make and promised that the Overwatch League was being left in great hands, following his departure, “I get way too much credit for the success of the Overwatch League. It’s been awesome to be our public face, but too many overestimate my role in making the league great. It isn’t about me; it’s never been. It’s about all of you. That’s why I’m confident the league is in great hands.”

Epic Games confirmed that Nanzer would be working on competitive Fortnite Battle Royale: “We’re excited to welcome Nate to the Epic Games team, where he’ll be working with us on competitive Fortnite.”

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It is likely that he will have a part to play in ensuring the Fortnite World Cup is a success, given his background in commissioning the Overwatch League and events.

It’s also a positive sign for Fortnite Battle Royale esports beyond the world cup, indicative of Epic’s plan to continue to support and grow the competitive scene.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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