Erik “DoA” Lonnquist is the third talent to quit their full-time position with the Overwatch League. On Monday, the long-time desk partner of Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles — who also left the league last week — confirmed in a TwitLonger that he’ll be transitioning to a freelance role and exploring new opportunities in more games than one.
“Right now, the best thing I feel I can do is go back to the basics: work in as many games as I can and help out as many broadcasts as I can,” Lonnquist writes. “I’ve decided that until another enticing full-time position comes along, I’m going to be going full freelance. Esports mercenary. That means getting a chance to go back to games I loved in the past like League of Legends and Hearthstone and also hopefully getting to work more with a lot of new titles like TFT.”
Lonnquist doubled down on his earlier thoughts about the OWL: that he still believes in the concept and what the league is “trying to do in the space”. He also left a door open to occasionally return to cast an Overwatch match or two.
“Keep in mind that I’ve been part of this since it was a PowerPoint file on a laptop. OWL’s goals are unprecedented and it’s better for everyone in esports if it succeeds,” Lonnquist said.
The official Overwatch League Twitter posted a fareweel message to Lonnquist, Mykles and Chris Puckett, who also quit his full-time position with OWL shortly after Mykles. At the same time, the league welcomed long-time Overwatch commentator Andrew “ZP” Rush, who will be paired with Jake Lyon for the upcoming Season 3.