Cloud9 took home the first Heroes of the Storm World Championship at BlizzCon this past November, but now there is even more to play for with Blizzard's announcement of the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Circuit on Monday. A total of $4 million will be on the line across spring, summer and fall.
The best teams from Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe, South Korea, Latin America, North America, southeast Asia and Taiwan will compete in the new seasonal format, and the spring championship will be held in South Korea.
The spring season is already underway in the Korean region with its Super League, which kicked off on Tuesday. The top two teams will take a large chunk of the $200,000 prize pool and advance into the Spring Global Championship Event.
China, Europe and North America will also have the luxury of sending two teams instead of one. The Spring Global Championship will boast an incredible $500,000 prize pool for the 12 teams that can fight their way through the competition to make the finals.
Blizzard's announcement of the prize pool for the 2016 circuit should turn heads in the world of esports, as it attempts to contend with the popularity of the two giants in the MOBA landscape: League of Legends and Dota 2. With the announcement of the $4 million prize pool over an entire year, it'll be interesting to see where Heroes' future leads them. Although League and Dota2 have some similarities, Riot (LoL) and Valve (Dota2) have completely different ideals when it comes to prize pools.
Dota 2's world championship, The International, had a prize pool of more than $18 million for one event alone in 2015, while Riot has kept its worlds prize money the same for the past few years. Riot would rather pay salaries to the professional teams in their league rather than funnel a majority of the money into a large event that benefits only 16 teams.