After spending the past three years at Machinima, videogame commentator Ryan Wyatt, otherwise known as “Fwiz,” has rejoined Major League Gaming.
Wyatt will serve as VP of programming for MLG.TV, using the company’s in-house production studio and working with eSports leagues and pro-gamers to develop new shows.
As part of the deal, his personal live video and YouTube channels will also air exclusively via MLG.TV and MLG’s YouTube network.
One of the more notable broadcast personalities in the growing eSports industry, Wyatt most recently was head of live and eSports for Machinima.
“MLG fueled my eSports career six years ago and I am thrilled to return,” Wyatt said. “The exceptional growth of MLG.TV has been inspiring and that success ultimately drew me back to the company. Leveraging my expertise and passion for eSports, I am committed to continuing to stoke the growth by developing high-quality programming and working with the top talent and organizations in the gaming industry to build the most entertaining live platform.”
Wyatt’s hiring comes as Major League Gaming saw viewership of MLG.TV grow 1,376% during the first quarter, and 60% each month since the premium video platform launched last year.
MLG also has promoted Chris Puckett to VP, executive producer, to focus on MLG’s news show “eSports Report,” and all of MLG’s pro circuit broadcasts. He was VP of programming.
Wyatt, who first started at MLG as head of online tournaments on “GameBattles” and as an MLG event referee, is leaving Machinima as the company has undergone two significant rounds of layoffs and seen co-founder Allen DeBevoise hand the CEO reins to former Ovation chief operating officer Chad Gutstein.
MLG.TV, which streams its content live, recently launched apps for Apple’s iOS and Android platforms, along with the Xbox 360.