The third season of the Overwatch League is set to begin on 8 February, although it will be without one of its main broadcasting talents.
Chris Puckett, who joined Malik Forte in hosting the league for the past two years, has announced he won’t return after his wife received a promotion, meaning he’ll be moving back to New York.
Speaking in a video on Twitter, Puckett said: “Unfortunately, that means I won’t be on the West Coast to host the Overwatch League for a third season.”
He isn’t leaving hosting altogether though and will instead become a freelance host across many titles, listing Call Of Duty, Apex Legends and more specifically.
2020 Life Update— Puckett For Hire (@MLGPuckett) January 1, 2020
Ready for this Freelance Hustle pic.twitter.com/22oTtW9uiY
“I want to give a special shout out to everyone who is still working on the Overwatch League, shout out to whoever is going to be taking over in the new role as host... but I know you guys are going to kill it,’ he added.
“I want to thank everyone who has been a part of our lives for the past two years on the west coast.”
Puckett isn’t the only caster who won’t be returning, with Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles announcing his departure on 31 December.
“Although I had a great time helping to develop and launch the league in the first two seasons, I am leaving to pursue further career growth,” MonteCristo wrote.
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— erik lonnquist (@ggDoA) December 31, 2019
Contracts for other casters, like Erik "DoA" Lonnquist, have also expired, raising the question if more will possibly follow suit in leaving the Overwatch League behind.
The Overwatch League returns on 8 February 2020.