Blizzard Cancels Heroes of the Storm Pro League

Ruben Fields
December 15, 2018

"Ultimately, we're setting up the game for long-term sustainability", the post reads. While we don't make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other live games and all the projects we have in the works. This sounds an terrible lot like entering maintenance mode, a stage that most live service games inevitably reach.

But while fans may be outraged at the loss of their favorite entertainment, for those whose careers depended on Heroes of the Storm esports, the HGC's cancellation holds dire consequences. However, it does represent a shift in Blizzard's focus, and only time will tell where their new focus lies.

"This was another very hard decision for us to make", Brack and Gresko said.

"We're constantly changing and evolving not only our games, but how we support and grow them".

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Brack and Gresko's statement goes on to say that the company will "continue actively supporting the game", and that new heroes, events, and other content will continue to arrive. HGC was the official eSports tournament for the MOBA, with the latest Grand Finals hosted during BlizzCon and ended with South Korean team Gen.G taking first place after sweeping Dignitas 3-0. "The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision", said Blizzard.

Apparently, Blizzard didn't warn any of their professional Heroes of the Storm players about the esports shutdown beforehand, and, understandably, many of them are more than a little upset. Of course, there could be other PC/console games cooking at Blizzard too. "This evolution is vital to our ability to continue doing what we love to do- making great games- and it's what makes Blizzard, Blizzard", the duo said in the post.

In a separate post, Blizzard thanks HGC fans for their support and enthusiasm in light of the news that there will be no more future events for the game. "We're so grateful for the support the community has shown from the beginning, and the development team will continue to support Heroes with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that has made the game such a unique experience".

It's widely accepted that it's Blizzard's least successful live game, so the decision is not really surprising.

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