This Thursday, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they have decided to scale back their development and support towards one of their titles, Heroes of the Storm.
A public post was made by Blizzard President, Allen Brack and their Chief Development Officer, Ray Gresko. They mentioned the numerous new projects that Blizzard are undertaking and explained why the changes are being made to Heroes of the Storm:
“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 Strom to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects.”
Fans of the game don’t need to worry too much just yet, they have stated that they have plans to continue supporting the game by implementing new heroes, themed events and other content that the community wants, however, it will now be set up to work on building “long-term stability”.
This announcement has a direct impact on the Esports scene surrounding Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard have confirmed that they will be stopping their support towards the Esports sector of Heroes, meaning that both Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will be cancelled.
Heroes of the Storm was launched back on June 2nd, 2015 and has been well supported since then. They’ve even provided large prize pools and support towards Esports events, but the game failed miserably to compete with other titles in its genre such as; League of Legends and Dota 2.
Due to the struggles the game had to compete in the Esports sector, it comes as no surprise that Blizzard have made a business decision to put their efforts elsewhere. This is unfortunate for those involved in Heroes Esports but hopefully, they will be able to establish themselves elsewhere in this ever growing sector.