It’s bad news for Heroes of the Storm fans. The scope of Blizzard’s hero brawler is getting severely reduced, with changes affecting both its developer crew and esports scene.
Competitive Heroes is likely to cease to exist in 2019, as Blizzard are shutting down its two major competitions. Both the Heroes Global Championship (HGC) and Heroes of the Dorm will not return next year, the company confirmed Thursday in what they call “a very difficult decision to make.”
“The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.”
HGC was Heroes world championship circuit, established back in 2016. The format involved all of the esports scene’s major regions and culminated in several major championships throughout the year. At the end of the year, Blizzcon hosted the closing World Championship event — a $1,000,000 prize pool event to determine the best team in the world.
If HGC was the proving ground of the established professionals, Heroes of the Dorm sought to discover new talent on the collegiate level. Winners of the event would get thousands of dollars worth of scholarship, bridging the love for esports and the need for higher education.
With both HGC and Heroes of the Dorm gone, this ushers the death of competitive Heroes of the Storm but the game will suffer losses beyond the esports scene, too. According to the same post, Blizzard have shifted some Heroes developers to other teams, and will likely keep a crew just large enough to maintain the game for casual play.
“While we don’t make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other live games and all the projects we have in the works,” Blizzard wrote.