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Bren and Sideshow Announce Their Departures From OWL Broadcast for 2022

Brennon “Bren” Hook and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson will not return as casters for the Overwatch League in 2022.
Brennon “Bren” Hook and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson will not return as casters for the Overwatch League in 2022. / Image courtesy of Overwatch League

Brennon “Bren” Hook and Josh “Sideshow” Wilkinson will not be returning as commentators for the Overwatch League in 2022, the long-tenured on-air talent duo announced Wednesday morning.

A duo that had been in-sync on-air for the OWL since its inaugural season, the announcement was made with a pair of similarly framed tweets.

"Josh & I currently do not have an agreement for 2022 with the Overwatch League," Bren said on Twitter, "marking the end of our four years as broadcast talent for OWL. We wish the league and our colleagues the best of luck for OW2."

As mentioned in the statement, it appears Bren and Sideshow were unable to agree to a new deal with the Activision Blizzard league effectively signaling the end of their run with the OWL that started in 2017, as well as their absences for the upcoming 2022 season.

Both initially served as analysts in their first two years, then moved to the casting booth for their last two.

"We've been there since day one," Sideshow said on Twitter, "called some incredible moments, and made the broadcast better where we could."

The duo also shed some light on their future plans.

Both seemingly plan to stick around esports through freelance broadcast work and their Plat Chat co-streams and podcast, which covers the OWL and the Valorant Champions Tour.

"All my energy is focused on making this the best year yet for Plat Chat," Bren said on Twitter.