Heroes of the Dorm returns with $500K in prizes

    
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Put down those textbooks and pick up that mouse and keyboard, kid, because you’re going to game for your education this spring.

Blizzard announced today that Heroes of the Storm is hosting the return of Heroes of the Dorm, a tournament aimed at college students and loaded with prizes and scholarships. Teams can register for the event through February 18th, after which the tournament will take place in March and April. Heroes of the Dorm will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitch, ESPN3, and ESPN2.

There’s a lot on the line for winning teams beyond publicity. Undergraduate and graduate students can win up to $75,000 in scholarships apiece for being number one. Other prizes include in-game skins, custom-built PCs, and limited edition portraits (the last will be awarded to all participants). Viewers can get a slice of the $500,000 prize pool, too, by voting on winning brackets; the most accurate prognosticator will receive $10,000.

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Armsbend BritoBruno Superbrak That’s the issue. You let the TV dictate your steps, you won’t get the e-sport, the respect it deserves.
It may be a great revenue, but it doesn’t do the scenery any favours, it doesn’t bring recognition to HotS as a game, and it doesn’t help break the fame of “a casual game”.
Blizzard is shooting themselves on the foot with this, and i’m not talking moneywise.

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BritoBruno Superbrak My guess is it is ESPN completely calling all of the shots.  As big as Activision is in their industry – they do not exist when compared to Disney.  They will probably do anything just to be next to Disney.

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Superbrak BritoBruno Armsbend That’s not my only issue.
You CAN’T make e-sports respected if you insist into ADAPTING them to a normal sports mode. They have to have their own way of showing to the masses. Look at LoL on Korea, or American Football on USA. You can’t make a sport be acknowledge, if you don’t respect the REQUIREMENTS that makes that sport work.
That’s my issue. Blizzard should know better that E-sports are pure execution, mathematics and awareness. You can’t adapt that to a bigger audience, taking off the important parts of the game and expect it to make any sense.

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BritoBruno Armsbend Spectating and casting has gotten a lot better since then. I doubt it’ll be as bad as last time.

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Awesome! This one should be much better than the last one. HotS has become a lot easier to spectate since and the casters have done nothing but get better.
And this sort of thing is just what esports needs to gain traction over here. It’s kind of difficult to get folks excited for “Cloud9” or “Bob Ross Fanclub” but folks will cheer for their alma maters in pretty much anything. It’s a nice in road and exposure.
And I refuse to poo-poo anything that helps kids pay for college.

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Armsbend BritoBruno  This was the HotD UI. It’s EXTREMELY economic, showing only the ultimate’s cooldown without any aditional info, levels and core hp.
A lot of the players said that this championship was great for the newcomers but left the veterans on the dust. I think that’s misguided. People won’t find the common championship UI familiar when your introductory championship has…this.

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BritoBruno heh that is kind of funny.  I’m surprised Blizzard more or less is the reason esports exist at all with Starcraft – they should know better.

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Armsbend BritoBruno The UI for the first championship didn’t show the minimaps. It was pure hell to realize what the hell was going on.
Also,the casters didn’t had the slight experience with the game, and were overhyping all the objectives without reason. Cameras were changing to the crowd, to the point were kills were being missed.
Do i think Blizzard can do a better job? Surely. But the UI problems and cameras seem more connected to ESPN than Blizzard, and i cringe to see them bending over because of the ESPN rules. Esports are diferent from normal sports. You NEED the information to show. You NEED the graphs and experienced people talking about it.

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BritoBruno what do you mean, no maps?

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Great, really looking forward to it this as I couldn’t watch it last year as I’m in Europe.

Oh wait hang on they’ve made the same stupid decision again :-(