After previously stating his contract his expired with Blizzard Entertainment, DoA has officially announced he won’t be returning to cast the Overwatch League 2020 season.
In a post on Twitlonger, DoA wrote: “After a lot of thought I’ve decided to move away from a full-time role at the Overwatch League in 2020 and explore other opportunities in gaming.
“It’s been a fantastic experience working with my fellow casters, big brain desk people, and the incredible staff at the Blizzard arena over the last two years, but due to some of the League’s decisions over the last year in terms of creative direction, management, and resistance to input from veteran esports personal, I felt it was time for a change.”
He added: “I’m not totally writing off being involved with Overwatch and OWL in the future and maybe I’ll see you at a Homestand or two this year.
Toss a Coin to your Caster— LFT Erik "DoA" Lonnquist (@ggDoA) January 6, 2020
“At any rate, I wish nothing but the absolute best for my former co-workers, the teams, the players, and the new blood coming into the League and hope that 2020 is a great year for Overwatch.”
DoA will be a full-time freelance caster until an “enticing full-time position comes along”, mentioning how he’s looking forward to going back to League Of Legends and Hearthstone.
His exit from the Overwatch League follows the departure of casting partner Christopher "Montecristo" Mykles, who similarly expressed concerns about the League’s direction.
We will truly miss having @ggDoA, @MonteCristo, and @MLGPuckett around next season.— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) January 6, 2020
Thank you for all of your contributions and everything you've done for this community, we hope to see you back on the show soon 😉 pic.twitter.com/5wUMlhSZrg
His departure was followed by Chris Puckett, who explained how he wanted to go freelance after moving to New York.
Stepping up to fill the void is Overwatch League analysts Brennon "Bren" Hook and Josh "Sideshow" Wilkinson, while former player Jake "JAKE" Lyon and Andrew "ZP" Rush will also move to casting.
The Overwatch League’s third season begins on 8 February.