Jon Spector, Vice President of the Overwatch League, has announced that he is stepping away from OWL to take a new position as the Commercial Director of Overwatch after nearly two years of serving in his VP role.
"It is hard to believe it has been nearly 5 years since I joined Blizzard to help launch the Overwatch League," Spector said in a statement. "As we head into 2022, I want to share an exciting but bittersweet career update. I am thrilled to be stepping into a new role as the Commercial Leader for Overwatch. Given by passion for this game and the entire ecosystem around it, I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help lead the Overwatch franchise into its next chapter."
Sean Miller will replace Spector as the new head of the Overwatch League. Miller previously served as Senior Manager of Product Strategy and Team Operations for the Overwatch League from Jan. 2020 to Mar. of 2021. Additionally, Matt Morello will be playing a larger community management role, according to the OWL announcement.
Spector was promoted to his position as the Vice President of Overwatch Esports in January of 2020, following the departure of former OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer, who joined Epic Games to head their Fortnite esports development. During his time as an OWL VP, Spector oversaw the transition to an online format due to COVID, as well as the introduction of mechanics like hero pools to the League, among other things.
In his new role, Spector will likely face some serious challenges following the recent announcement that Overwatch 2 will be coming even later than many people thought. Spector said that he will remain involved with the Overwatch League in a limited capacity and that he will be rooting for his home team of NYXL.
Spector's departure from the Overwatch League is the latest in a pattern of leadership departures. As previously mentioned, Nanzer left OWL in 2019, and he was replaced briefly by Pete Vlastelica in 2020, who stepped down in October of 2020 and was replaced by Johanna Faries, who currently serves as the commissioner for both OWL and CDL.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.