League of Legends caster Joshua "Jatt" Leesman will leave his role as League of Legends Championship Series talent in favor of a new position as a game designer at Riot Games, Jatt announced Wednesday.
Jatt has been a fixture of League of Legends esports since before the establishment of the LCS. He began his career in earnest as a player for Team Dignitas in 2011 before transitioning to casting the second ever League of Legends World Championship. He appeared at at least one major international tournament every year since, including several stints at worlds.
Jatt made the announcement during an episode of The Dive, the weekly podcast he has hosted with
In the episode, Jatt explained that game design had been his intended career path when he first started working for Riot Games as a quality assurance analyst on the live design team. His experience as a player and natural charisma led him instead into esports talent work. After nearly seven years, he has decided to return to his original passion.
Jatt will join Riot as a designer working on live balance, and hopes to move on to bigger picture design in the future. He left open he might continue to make guest appearances on broadcasts and podcast recordings.
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