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Blizzard cuts Heroes of the Storm esports

Blizzard is scrapping Heroes of the Storm esports events as part of a move to shift developers to different titles in its portfolio, the company announced Thursday.

The cut includes the perennial collegiate Heroes of the Dorm event, which was the largest college esports event in the U.S. with hundreds of teams competing nationwide.

The news was announced Thursday in a blog post signed by Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko.

Regarding the end of the esports Heroes competitions, Brack and Gresko wrote, "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 versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect."

In terms of Heroes of the Storm's overall future, the blog indicated: "We'll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we're setting up the game for long-term sustainability."

Regarding the developers who will be moved to other titles, Brack and Gresko wrote, "This isn't the first time we've had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past."

-- Field Level Media