Netease's Official Announcement on HGC 2017 in China
A while ago, Netease inadvertently released information on their HGC 2017 plans which they quickly retracted. They have now released a new official statement, with updated information regarding the salary program.
- Gold Heroes League becomes part of HGC 2017 (serves as China's regional premier League)
- Three Seasons: Spring, Summer and Fall
- There will be a 2017 Gold Series Finals which will be the annual finale for Chinese Heroes events
- The HGC Gold League will work in tandem with other tournaments officially announced by Blizzard (Eastern Clashes, Mid Season Brawl, HGC Finals)
- The top 3 finishers of Gold Heroes League 2016 Grand Finals will represent China at the first Eastern Clash
Gold Heroes League specifics
- 8 teams compete in HGC Gold League during each season: the top 6 from the previous season plus two teams from preliminaries
- All participants from Gold Heroes League 2016 Grand Finals are qualified for the Spring season.
- The bottom two teams from every season are dropped and must compete in next season's preliminaries for a chance to participate in the next season.
- There will be four installments of 1,200,000 to top 8 teams in HGC Gold League, for a total of 4,800,000 CNY (approximately $696,000 USD). One installment is paid per season, plus one for the 2017 Gold Series Finals.
- Each team receives 150,000 CNY ($21,746) per installment, so if a team qualifies for all three seasons plus the 2017 Gold Series Finals, they will receive 600,000 CNY, which is approximately $87,000.