Heroes of the Storm veterans react to Blizzard trashing esport plans

As the esports scene begins to wind down for Christmas and the welcoming of 2019, some tragic news came out this week surrounding Heroes of the Storm. Not all is lost for fans of professional gaming since Intel and ESL announced a $100 million extension to the esports partnership.

Esports of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm has had a rough ride. The game, which was once regarded as a fresh take on the MOBA genre has been allowed to slowly leak players to other games. To make matters worse, Activision Blizzard is not actively supporting the game, aside from regular patches (bug fixes, rebalancing, and new heroes) and the cancellation of the esports scene is but another nail in the coffin.

As reported by Engadget, the Blizzard MOBA received its last major update in 2017 with the release of 2.0. This release contained numerous improvements, but it's not something Blizzard has taken forward to the same degree as Overwatch.

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Blizzard did note the company plans to continue supporting HotS, but if it doesn't believe there's enough demand for esports, I doubt it has serious plans for the game as a whole. We — of course — wish all players the best in finding a new path.

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ESL

ESL and Intel announced the investment of more than $100 million in esports to extend the existing partnership into 2021. The extra funding will enable growth in new regions, further driving support for supported games in numerous markets through live events.

As one of the oldest esports partnerships, it's clear to see why the extension was announced — the partnership brings in serious numbers and revenue. Just as one game seemingly has its esports foundations bulldozed, Intel and ESL move forward in planning for the years to come.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

4 Comments
  • Gaming is a big diffentiator for a Intel from ARM
    But I hope HOTS lives in.
    Dota and LoL are too sweaty
  • "DOTA and LoL are too sweaty." Big mood.
  • LOL
    I’ve got hundreds of hours in Dota and League.
    Dota matches are too long (2 or 3 games and your whole evening is gone. 50-60 mins/game.Too much busy work at lower levels, with last hitting chore)
    League is a bit better for match length, but single map. Toxicity if you break the constrained meta.
    HotS games are more varied, less toxic and 15-25 minutes each. Avg 20
    Less sweaty 😃
  • I’ve 3000 hours in hots - game is awesome. Will I stop playing, nope, do I care about pros nope. If u enjoy a game and wanna have a fun u will play no matter what. Also without this gurlz “Hots dead, blizz are leaving our pros, Iam leaving” i think game only will be better. Real player will enjoy other useless junk just move on. WarCraft 3 not dead, Diablo 3 not dead even diablo 2 have fans.