Blizzard esports faced one other blow with a brand new high-profile departure amid studies of turmoil within the department.
Kim Phan, Blizzard’s world esports director who has been with the firm for over 13 years, announced her exit in a post on the official Team Liquid boards, which she found early on in her profession.
“What an absolute privilege and honor it has been to work with this amazing group. I’ll always remember the moments we created collectively, the blood, sweat, and tears we all drenched in, and the late evening hours we spent cheering on our favorite groups and gamers,” Phan wrote.
Phan wrote that her last day at Blizzard was June 14 and that she shall be continuing with “a brand new endeavor” throughout the online game business. “As I hang up my shield and sword, I stay up for a vibrant future and want all my Blizzard family and friends the very best.”
Phan asked avid gamers to keep voicing their issues to Blizzard, as she stated that the developer was at all times listening to suggestions from players. She concluded her social media post by saying that she shall be visiting BlizzCon this year as “a diehard fan,” coming full circle from her days of operating WarCraft III fan website WCReplays.com.
The departure of Phan was reported earlier in June by Dexerto, which further claimed that Blizzard’s esports groups for Call of Duty and Overwatch had been low on morale. Her exit comes only a month after Overwatch League’s founding commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left to affix Epic Video games and oversee competitive Fortnite.
The resignations of Phan and Nanzer spotlight the struggles of Blizzard’s esports efforts, however, luckily for the corporate, the Overwatch League continues to attract large crowds as groups prepare to begin hosting home games in 2020.