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Caster and Analyst "MonteCristo" is Leaving the Overwatch League

Montecristo smiles for the camera at the Twitch Rival League of Legend event
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Long-time esports caster and analyst Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles announced on Twitter that he will be leaving his position with the Overwatch Lague before 2020’s beginning.


For many esports fans, Monte has been a positive figure in everything from League of Legends to Overwatch League. Now with he is leaving Overwatch to pursue other endeavors.

In a series of Twitter posts he stated that the departure of Nate Nanzer from OWL "led to irreconcilable creative and philosophical differences between myself and the league’s current leadership."

It seems as though not all of the changes the Overwatch League has been making are in line with the views of casters, analysts, and hosts. Nate Nanzer was the commissioner for the Overwatch League since its beginning in 2017. Earlier this year he left Activision Blizzard and the league to take a position at Epic Games.

 

MonteCristo went on to explain how in 2020 he will no longer be producing any Overwatch content. Instead he'll be working towards other projects as a producer and creative mind. The dynamic duo of MonteCristo and DOA may be gone from the OWL, but in November they commentated at the Twitch Rivals League of Legends tournament. Overwatch fans are losing an icon, but MonteCristo has plans beyond that working with Cloud9 to founding his own consulting and client service called Theorycraft.

There has been no word from the Overwatch League of Monte’s departure. But numerous casters, players, and organizations have shown their support for his new direction in 2020. Activision Blizzard is launching a new format for the Overwatch League this year; adapting a home-and-away format given the success of Homestand events. Overwatch League will be coming to 19 cities around the globe. With events catered to the fans and ultimately providing an unmatched esports experience.

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