Blizzard Pulls Support For Heroes Of The Storm

Zac Cameron,

December 14, 2018 2:35 AM

The company is pulling resources from HotS and putting them to use elsewhere as the game continues to lag behind competitors.

Blizzard Games will be pulling support for the competitive scene of Heroes of the Storm, the company announced earlier today. From here on out, Blizzard will officially stop sponsoring the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm in 2019.

Team Dignitas after winning the HGC Western Clash

“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of. We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history,” wrote the company on their website today. “We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.”

Blizzard maintains that they will continue to provide content and updates for the game in the future, but it seems the competitive scene will be the one to suffer the brunt of this pull-back for now. Whether the HotS remains a competitive game with third-party tournaments remains to be seen, however with competition not only from within their market, League of Legends and Dota 2, but also within the company itself, the Overwatch League, it seems unlikely that we’ll see more HotS competitive action in the future.


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