Heroes of the Storm: Why Blizzard's Action-Packed MOBA Is Far From Dead
ate in 2018 Blizzard Entertainment all but signed the death warrant of Heroes of the Storm, its MOBA that brings together beloved characters from the Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft and Overwatch universes. In a blog post, the company announced that it was shifting development resources away from Heroes of the Storm to other projects and cancelling the game’s official esports programs - Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm - altogether. The post promised that Blizzard would continue to support the game, but warned that “the cadence will change”. It didn’t take much for players to read between the lines: Heroes was on life support.
The immediate reaction was dire. Professional players scrambled to find new titles to play, while dwindling view counts and a gutted player based forced popular streamers to try and build followings in other games.