Mike Stubbs . Business . Sunday 11th September 2016 . 20:36
Activision Blizzard has appointed Pete Vlastelica as the new President and CEO of Major League Gaming.
Vlastelica was Executive Vice President of Digital at FOX Sports before making the switch, prior to that he sold his online sports network Yardbarker to Fox in 2010. According to the announcement Vlastelica will “expand and enhance the company’s broadcast, content and distribution leadership across the global esports ecosystem.” Vlastelica will be based at Activision Blizzard’s Santa Monica headquarters.
“We continue to add to our all-star esports leadership team. Pete is an entrepreneurial leader with a history of creating inspired content and developing new digital channels of distribution,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “As we continue to build MLG into the premier esports network, Pete will further our mission celebrating the accomplishments of gamers worldwide.”
“I’m joining MLG because of the rare combination of massive digital scale and deep audience engagement around competitive gaming, and because there’s no better category of live streaming video content out there,” said Vlastelica. “It’s clear that video games are the future of sports – and if any company is positioned to capitalize on this global opportunity, it’s Activision Blizzard. I’m thrilled to join the team.”