The death of Heroes of the Storm Esports

Heros of the Storm during the DreamHack Atlanta in Jönköping, Sweden 

At first, it was just a rumor. But then, around 01:30 AM CEST at the 14th December 2018, Blizzard Entertainment made clear that the Esports of the MOBA Heroes of the Storm won’t return in 2019. Therefore the HGC, the Tournament &Pro League Series owned and operated by Blizzard has been terminated and shut down. Despite some big brands in the participant rosters – divided by regions – a regular salary and attractive prizemoney Heroes of the Storm failed to gain the same level of popularity as its adversary from Valve – DotA 2 – or Riot Games – League of Legends. Therefore organizations like Dignitas, Gen.G Esports or Team Liquid who own some of the more successful teams will face not only a revenue loss but also have to drop complete teams and players. At this moment it is unclear how each Organization will handle the situation if there are some players who are able to make a transition to other MOBA games. But it is certain that most of the Pro Players of the HGC will lose their job. 

Katowice and Jönköping

For me personally, it was kind of a shock reading about the discontinuation of the Heroes of the Storm Pro League.  During my first event – the Intel Extrem Masters 2018 in Katowice (IEM) – as an esports journalist, I was able to see some of the best teams of Heroes of the Storm competing against each other. In the end, Dignitas, then known as Team Dignitas, won the trophy and showed ambition to win the World Championship as well. I was hooked, I was excited. But despite the intention of playing more Heroes during my free time, I headed straight back into the Rift and therefore League of Legends. I can’t really tell but Heroes of the Storm never got me that much hooked that I wanted to play it more than just a couple of hours. Still, I’m sad about the decision made by the creator of World of WarCraft and Overwatch to cancel the upcoming season of Heroes of the Storm and the HGC

GOOD TO BE BACK!

 During the Summer Split Finals of the LEC (formally known as EULCS) in Madrid

Yes! There is nothing wrong with your eyes! In front of you is the very first blog entry of my newly (re)started blog called WORDWIRE. It has been quite a while since I sat done and wrote an article for my personal blog. After the release of the DSGVO (eng. GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation) I was somewhat nervous about the possible problems it could mean for me. Therefore and in a kneejerk reaction I decided to shut down my blog, never to return.

UNTIL NOW!

After months of thinking  I said to myself ‚what the hell‘ and brought WORDWIRE back to live. But before I can really start again writing and typing I have to fix some issues regarding the DSGVO. But I am back and I am here to stay.

Oh and by the way: by now you must’ve figgured that I decided to use the English language for my first blog entry. I can’t really tell if it stays that way or that at some point I’ll switch back to German but I know for sure that this will help me on improving my (written) English skills. Hopefully. Therefore: Cheerio lads!

I see you around.