Overwatch League host Malik Forté announces departure

Malik will not be returning to broadcast team in 2020

Overwatch League host Malik Forté announced his departure from the broadcast talent team last night. One of the community’s favorite hosts and Reaper 1-trick will sadly not join us in Season 3. Malik served in a variety of talent roles, and slowly grew to be a weekly staple of the League. From conducting interviews to analyzing teams from the desk, his presence will be missed in the upcoming games.

Reasons for departure

Malik will be joining a number of departing broadcast team members. Their ranks include Chris Puckett, Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonnat, Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, and Erik “Doa” Lonnquist. Members of the broadcast talent all have different reasons for their departure. Some have stated that a leadership change in Blizzard has driven them away. Malik stated that his reason for leaving was based on pay and better opportunities.

Season 3 of the Overwatch League will greet players and talent with massively increased travel. The league will be going global, with matches played around the world rather than centralized. Ultimately, this demands more flexible participants, as some teams – like the Chengdu Hunters – will have 20+ hour flights between matches. Although more local talent will be hired, the broadcast team will see an increased amount of travel as well.

Issues within game

There is no doubt that the state of the game could affect whether a talent member leaves. Many matches in Overwatch League look the same, with teams only playing a set amount of heroes for months. MOBA games like League of Legends boast a larger cast of heroes and more interesting interactions between teams. FPS titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive take pride in exhibiting the high-tier mechanical skill of players. Overwatch seems stuck in the middle, with arguably undeveloped elements of both genres.

While Season 1 of the Overwatch League was touted as a success (and extremely interesting to watch), Season 2 saw a loss of viewership during GOATs meta. Enough issues were caused by this meta, that developers introduced role lock, requiring players to have at least 2 damage heroes on their team. Time will tell if future development will renew talent’s interest in the game. I’m personally excited to see former professional player Jake Lyons on the desk in the next season.

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