The story behind Starcraft booming in S.Korea and eSports.
Blizzard Entertainment announced ‘Heroes of The Storm‘ 2016 Spring Global Championship Circuit schedule on 18th.
2016 is the first full year for ‘Heroes of The Storm‘ eSports. Blizzard separated the world in 8 different competitive regions – North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Korea, China, and Taiwan. Each competitive event will be operated by a regional eSports partner.
Spring Global Championship will be take place in Seoul, South Korea from April 1-3 with a prize pool of $500,000. After 3 seasonal championships completing, the final will take place in November at Blizzcon.
More than $4 million is on the line in the ‘Heroes of The Storm’ 2016 Global Championship Circuit.
For detailed information on each regional event, you can check out on the official blog.
Blizzard Entertainment celebrated the night before the launching of Heart of the Swarm on 12th – First expansion of 2 years old Starcraft 2 all over the world. Seoul, the heart of South Korea, was not an exception.
Blizzard Korea allowed only 879 to enter the event hall to avoid the unexpected situation. Blizzard Korea experienced the worst situation with the launch of Diablo3 before, so it seems they approached carefully with this event.
Because Blizzard Korea prepared only 1,000 collector’s edition packages of the game with the prize of tablet computer for the first purchaser, people gathered and made a long line from the early. In case of you do not know, Blizzard Korea sold the collector’s edition as limited edition in Korea by limiting the total number.
Itzik Ben Bassat, Executive VP of Global Publishing, and Nick, UI designer, Matt, Software engineer attended the event with 2 dozens of pro-gamers.
JD from EG-TL, Creator from Prime, Life from Startale, flash from KT, MVP from IM, Bisu from SK T1 played on the stage for fans. 2:2 matches were taking place on Hunters map, a popular map from Starcraft1. Hunters map will be available through Battle.net after the game is launching.