Johanna Faries, commissioner of the Call of Duty League, has been appointed to the newly created position Head of Leagues–taking effect on Oct. 12–and will now lead both the CDL and Overwatch Leagues. According to sources close to the league, owners received details regarding the change in responsibilities while thanking the now-former Overwatch League Commissioner Pete Vlastelica for his time in the leadership role. Additionally, Brandon Snow will now be adding marketing and analytics for the league to his areas of responsibilities.
As head of both leagues, Fairies will oversee team and broadcast operations as well as being the league administrator.
As reported by The Esports Observer Thursday, Vlastelica is stepping down as the OWL Commissioner and will “transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard.”
As commissioner of the CDL, Faries has seen the league thrive despite challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. While live events needed to be canceled, the CDL championship was the most-watched stream the league produced and saw solid viewership numbers with an AMA of just over 206K.
However, as both leagues look to 2021 and the possibility that restrictions and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 will still preclude live events from taking place, Fairies will be tasked with finding solutions to alleviate some competitive integrity issues that arose such as server response times and players being disconnected from games as they are playing remotely. One solution to this, which has been brought up to owners, being sequestering players in a central location so that they can play matches on local area networks (putting them in a bubble-style system similar to what the NBA is doing now).
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