Have you ever wondered about the massive army of people who work behind the scenes of the eSports industry?
The eSports industry is becoming a quickly growing source of some top-quality jobs. Perhaps your dream has always been to become a pro gamer and join one of the top teams – and who hasn’t had the fantasy of becoming the next Li Peng at one time or another?
However, if you know in reality that you’re never going to reach that level there are still ways of becoming part of the competitive video gaming world with a job in a supporting or developmental role.
It’s big business for a reason. There’s a massive army of fans hungry for live streaming of the gaming competitions that people play online. Large companies like ESPN and Redbull have been savvy enough to start sponsoring teams worldwide, as they have realised the growth potential of eSports.
On June 19, Fnatic and Team Dignitas clashed to decide the victor in the 2017 HGC Mid-Season Brawl Grand Finals. Fnatic claimed victory in Sky Temple. Check out the hero build used by Fnatic during the last match (below the video embed). Download the replay here into this path:
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On Saturday, April 18th, at the University of Nevada’s Las Vegas Cox Pavilion Arena, the four best collegiate Heroes of the Storm teams clashed to win the Heroes of the Dorm National Championship and its full College Tuition grand prize. Among the teams in the Heroic Four were:
The Heroic Four Matchups started at 1pm PT with Lousiana State University (LSU) vs University of Kentucky, and University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) vs University of California Irvine (UCI).
The Grand Finals were fought between UTA and LSU, with Blizzard Entertainment crowning UTA as the Heroes of the Dorm National Champions. You can check out the brackets, and the team bios for: LSU, UCI, Kentucky, and UTA.
Our correspondent, dperschonok (Naka) attended the event in Las Vegas and brought audio of each team’s press conference, plus another press conference after the champions were crowned. Watch the video below to listen to the audio. Check also the photos and the official press release after the video.
The Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Qualifiers (HGC) will begin on November 19 in Europe and November 21 in North America.
There will be six teams per region. The top two teams at each of the three qualifiers will secure spots in their respective HGC, joining Team Dignitas and Fnatic in Europe; and Denial Esports and Astral Authority in North America.
The top eight teams in each region will be contracted and guaranteed both compensation and regular competition, with League Play kicking off in January.
Registration is open. You can register at Battlefy here.
For more information about HGC 2017, visit here.
Europe Heroes Global Championship Qualifiers:
- Qualifier #1: Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at 5am PT
- Qualifier #2: Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 at 5am PT
- Qualifier #3: Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 at 7am PT
North America Heroes Global Championship Qualifiers:
- Qualifier #1: Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22 at 5pm PT
- Qualifier #2: Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at 3pm PT
- Qualifier #3: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 at 3pm PT
Live Stream: www.twitch.tv/blizzheroes
North America: SolidJake and JHow
Champions are coming from every corner to clash in Seoul, South Korea. Watch the Heroes of the Storm Spring Global Championship livestream through Thursday, March 31 to April 2 on March 31 – April 2.
Twelve teams from China, North America, Europe, Korea, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia / New Zealand and Taiwan have advanced to participate in the tournament.
**Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm PDT to watch the premier of the first Tracer gameplay footage.
Thursday, March 31: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Friday, April 1: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
Saturday, April 2: 7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT
- TNL (Korea)
- mYinsanity (Europe)
- GIA (Taiwan)
- Big Gods (Latin America)
- EDward Gaming (China)
- Team Naventic (North America)
- Renovatio I (Southeast Asia)
- Negative Synergy (Australia/New Zealand)
- First group stage: double elimination – eight teams battle it out in two groups of four, with four teams
advancing to second group stage.
- Second group stage: double elimination – the four winning teams from the first group stage challenge the
four teams who placed highest in the China, Korea, Europe and North America regions. Four teams
advance to playoffs.
- Playoffs: single elimination – the four winning teams from the second group stage play to find out who
will become the 2016 Spring Champion. Semi -finals are best-of-three with finals being a best-of-five.
- 1st – $150,000
- 2nd – $75,000
- 3rd-4th – $50,000
- 5th-6th – $37,500
- 7th-8th – $25,000
- 9th-12th -$12,500
If you love eSports and you live in Santa Ana you are likely already familiar with eSports Arena. They are North America’s first dedicated eSports facility and they have already been taking the area by storm with their fantastic events. They’ve crowdfunded yet another amazing Heroes of the Storm tournament, taking place on Saturday, January 9th at 11:00 am and January 10th at 8:00 PM PST. The crowdfunded money has been put to good use, flying prominent Heroes teams out and creating a hefty prize pool to boot! They’ve raised enough to make the event absolutely free to attend for everyone. It will also be live streamed at www.twitch.tv/esportsarena. With 5 days remaining to back the project they have already exceeded their goal and are now looking to hit stretch goals to make the event even more enjoyable, such as All-Star show matches and even an after-party!
The arena’s staff has a particular love affair with Heroes of the Storm, and this event was brought to life by Tiffany Chu, Mellina Kong and other amazing members of the community. The tournament brings in teams that were both directly invited and teams that placed in an online qualifier. It’s the first tournament of the year for many of these teams and they all want to show what they have to offer coming into this new year.