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Blizzard announces 4 million dollar esports plans for HotS in 2016

Heroes Jacob “ManMode” Godfrey

At BlizzCon, Blizzard announced big plans for Heroes of the Storm esports in 2016. With four million dollars worth of prizes on the line, they weren't kidding. It has never been a better time to be a HotS fan.

Official Blizzard blog post

Heroes of the Storm 2016 Spring Championship

With the global launch of Heroes of the Storm, the thrilling World Championship at BlizzCon, our Heroes of the Dorm collegiate tournament, and countless exciting matches that had us sitting on the edge of our seats, 2015 was a monumental year for esports in the Nexus. Now in 2016, we’re taking Heroes esports to a whole new level!

As announced at BlizzCon, 2016 kicks off the new Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Circuit. The best teams from Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe, Korea, Latin America, North America, Southeast Asia, and Taiwan will be competing in a seasonal format, with each of the three seasons—Spring, Summer, and Fall—culminating in a Global Championship event. In total, more than $4 million is on the line in the 2016 Global Championship Circuit.

With the first qualifiers and regional championships of 2016 getting underway, we’d like to share a breakdown of the Spring Global Championship and the events leading up to it. Read on to find dates and locations for some of our regional events, along with links to additional information.

Spring Global Championship Event

  • Dates: April 1–3
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Partner: OGN
  • Prize Pool: $500k USD
  • Check back soon for more information

 

Australia/New Zealand – Spring Regional

  • Dates: February 7–28
  • Location: Preliminaries online; Finals in Sydney, Australia
  • Partner: ESL
  • Prize Pool: $20k USD
  • Check back soon for more information

 

China – Gold League 

 

Europe – Spring Regional

 

Korea – Super League

 

Latin America – Copa America

 

North America – Spring Regional

  • Dates: February 27–28 (Finals)
  • Location: Preliminaries online; Finals in Los Angeles, California
  • Partner: ESL
  • Prize Pool: $100k USD
  • Check back soon for more information

 

South East Asia – Spring Regional

  • Dates: January 16–March 6
  • Location: Preliminaries online and offline; SEA Finals online, cast live from Singapore
  • Partner: AsiaSoft
  • Prize Pool: $22.5k USD*
  • For more information, visit http://esports.heroessea.com/en/index.html

 

Taiwan – Spring Regional

  • Dates: February 18–March 13
  • Location: Preliminaries online; Finals in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Partner: 4Gamers
  • Prize Pool: $60k USD
  • For more information, visit http://tw.battle.net/heroes/zh/blog/

*Regional prize pools may vary; USD values according to exchange rates; see regional websites for local prizing.

We are extremely excited to share this sneak peek at our Spring Global Championship plans with you. Be sure to stay tuned here or at HeroesoftheStorm.com/esports as we plan to bring you more details on the Spring tournament and our upcoming Summer and Fall seasons!

Full blog post.

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Jacob “ManMode” Godfrey
I've been playing Blizzard games since before I could read. If I had to choose a favorite, I couldn't. I dabble in competitive play and love esports in general. You can find me on twitter @ManMode_BL

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