Blizzard announced earlier this week the establishment of a world series championship for their up and coming “hero brawler” Heroes of the Storm. The international tournament will include teams from the Americas, Europe, China, Korean, and Taiwan regions. Everyone is invited to create teams and compete, with monthly tournaments being held in each region (the American region includes not only North America, but Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Latin America). After battling it out in the qualifiers, one or two teams will be selected from each region to BlizzCon, where the final tournament will be held to determine the Heroes of the Storm world champions. Sign ups for qualifiers vary by region, and new information is still being released. The final tournament at BlizzCon in November will feature eight final teams.
The world championship offers over $1 million in prizes, with the winning team taking home $200,000. This is not the first tournament to feature Heroes, with the collegiate championship Heroes of the Dorm finishing up at the beginning of May, leading into the open beta which begins May 19. The first collegiate tournament was taken by the University of California in Berkeley, and was streamed on ESPN2. The qualifying games for Road to BlizzCon will be streamed live on Twitch.
BlizzCon will also feature the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship and the Hearthstone World Championship, and in the past has included Starcraft II invitationals and tournaments, though none have been announced for this year as of yet. Heroes has been received mostly positively as a more casual alternative to major online battle arenas like League of Legends and DoTA 2. However, even though the game is currently only available in closed beta, it’s already proving to be a potential winner for Activision and Blizzard.
Heroes of the Storm is slated for official release on June 2nd.