MonteCristo Announces Departure From Overwatch League Broadcasting Team

Overwatch League caster MonteCristo announced his departure Tuesday.
Overwatch League caster MonteCristo announced his departure Tuesday. | Photo by Blizzard

Overwatch League commentator Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles announced his departure from the league's broadcast team Tuesday.

MonteCristo, an esports casting veteran, joined the Overwatch League for its inaugural season with commentating partner Erik "DoA" Lonnquist after both spent numerous years working together in League of Legends esports.

MonteCristo Announces Departure From Overwatch League Broadcasting Team

"I would like to announce that today is the last day of my Overwatch League contract and I will not be returning next year. Although I had a great time helping develop and launch the league in the first two season, I am leaving to pursue further career growth," MonteCristo said in a tweet.

"The departure of Nate Nanzer from OWL led to irreconcilable creative and philosophical differences between myself and the league’s current leadership, and all parties will be better served by parting ways."

It will be difficult for fans of the MonteCristo/DoA partnership as it seems the latter will be staying on for Overwatch League Season 3 as it moves toward localization.

"What's next for me? I have been granted exciting opportunities to produce esports content and broadcasts in accordance with my own vision, standards, and fifteen years of endemic industry expertise," MonteCristo said.

UPDATE (12/31 3:39 p.m. ET): Casting parter Erik "DoA" Lonnquist also announced his contract with the Overwatch League had expired.

"As for my own 2020 plans, my OWL contract is also over as of today. I've put everything I had into Overwatch since 2016 and although I absolutely share Monte's concerns about the league. That said, I still believe in the concept of what it's trying to do in the esports space and I'm still totally in love with the game in general," DoA said in a tweet.