More than 460 collegiate teams battled it out in Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm in 2015 for the inaugural Heroes of the Dorm tournament title. It all came down to a Pac-12 showdown between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the California Golden Bears in the finals, with the Bears claiming victory to take home as much as $375,000 in scholarship money.
The premier Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament is back on ESPN2 in 2016, with more than $500,000 in tuition and other prizes on the line.
"Last year's Heroes of the Dorm was an amazing experience for the students playing and everyone watching, and we're excited to again offer college athletes an epic opportunity to team up and compete for scholarships in 2016," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "It's inspiring to see players from last year's championship team, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears, now thriving in pro esports careers -- we look forward to seeing how this year's competitors shape the future of competitive gaming."
The round of 64 kicks off March 19 with live streaming coverage on ESPN3, Twitch and YouTube. Those 64 Heroes of the Storm squads will compete in a single-elimination bracket, with the winners progressing through the tournament until they reach the "Heroic Four." This semifinal round airs live on ESPN2 on April 9, with the Grand Finals to crown this year's Heroes of the Dorm to follow on April 10 -- also live on ESPN2.
With a format that plays out in a way that makes it a veritable March Madness of video games, fans will be able to compete against their friends and enthusiasts around the world in the Heroes of the Dorm bracket challenge. The person who puts together the most accurate bracket walks away with $10,000 in prize money.