Blizzard has shuttered the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) in 2019.
Blizzard has announced today that they will not renew HGC, the premier competition for Heroes of the Storm, in 2019. The company has also announced that Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019 as well. Blizzard President J. Allen Brack and Chief Development Officer Ray Gresko made this announcement today. “After looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019.”
One of the reasons behind this development could be the increasing popularity of Overwatch and Hearthstone in the esports scene. “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,” they continued.
Does this mean the end of Heroes of the Storm? Far from it, said Blizzard. “Despite the change, Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters. We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves,” Brack and Gresko said.
Heroes of the Storm will continue on despite the cancellation of HGC and Heroes of the Dorm.
The Heroes esports team had something to say as well. “It has been an incredible journey for the HGC, and we are eternally grateful to everyone who has touched the program. This was a tough decision for all of us, but one we agree is the right decision in light of the change with the game and our desire to only deliver the best competitive experiences with all of our esports programs.”
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