Longtime competitive Fortnite fans know that Arten “Ballatw” Esa is one of the most authoritative voices within the community. He’s best known for his casting of competitive Fortnite events – both official FNCS competitions and third-party tournaments like Ninja Battles.
To many, Balla has been the voice of competitive Fortnite since he rose to popularity. Recently, he’s expanded by offering his insights in written form on his blog, Ballatw.com. So far, he’s tackled the topic of tournament structure and offered his opinion on why Solos shouldn’t be a featured competitive Fortnite mode.
Last Friday, following the official announcement of the Season 4 FNCS, Balla took to Twitter to inform his fans that he wouldn’t be commentating the event. Pros like BenjyFishy, EpikWhale, Emad, and others took to the replies to voice their disappointment over the news.
Although Balla won’t be a part of the official broadcast, he plans on hosting a viewing party and “launching a number of my own comp fn related individual projects that have taken a back burner, over the next month as FNCS starts.” He may even compete in the FNCS and see if his competitive knowledge will translate to a Finals qualification.
Balla handled his departure from the FNCS broadcast with the class you would expect from him, but he’s remaining tight-lipped as to why he’s leaving. It doesn’t seem like the decision was entirely his own, based on his announcement and the fact that he still plans on commentating third-party events.
ShyoWager, Balla’s longtime casting partner, appeared to be blind-sided by the news as well. “Pain is the word in my mind,” he…