Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles will produce content exclusively with Cloud9 following his departure from the Overwatch League.
In a video posted on his twitter page, MonteCristo announced he will be creating content with C9 as well as working with them to design competitive esports products.
Jokes aside, what this means is that I will be making content my way with @Cloud9.I will also be partnering with them on designing competitive products that will be announced shortly.I appreciate the fact that C9 embraces my creative vision and goals.MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) January 20, 2020
MonteCristo played a crucial role in the Overwatch League’s growth as an esport, but left to “pursue further career growth” as there were “irreconcilable creative and philosophical differences” between him and the League’s current leadership once Nate Nanzer departed.
I would like to announce that today is the last day of my @overwatchleague contract and I will not be returning next year. 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. (1/12) pic.twitter.com/FyGGskC1tNMonteCristo (@MonteCristo) December 31, 2019
MonteCristo isn’t the first caster to leave, far from it. Many have jumped ship to go freelance and pursue other opportunities. Despite the OWL’s viewership numbers holding steady, it’s clear there are issues with management, or even burnout from the game - it simply doesn’t change enough.
Chris Puckett, Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat, and Malik Forté won’t be returning for the OWL’s 2020 season. Does this spell the end for the OWL? Probably not, but a mass exodus is certainly something to be worried about.