The Heroes of the Storm Summer season has a prize pool of $1.2 million

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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm, despite being easily accessible by the typical casual gamer, is surprisingly complex. Many naysayers, myself included, initially wrote the MOBA off as “good clean fun”, but never could wrap our heads around it being a truly competitive game, and one that requires actual skill to excel at.

Well, what do we know? Turns out the MOBA is pretty damn complex underneath that colourful exterior. This is Blizzard we are talking about after all, so of course, Heroes of the Storm follows their typical mantra of easy to play, but difficult to master. Anybody can pick up the game within minutes, but it’ll take them many, many hours, and lots of hard work to be really great at it.

What do they do once they’ve mastered the MOBA anyway? Why, go off and play it competitively of course, starting with the Heroes of the Storm Summer season, which Blizzard have just detailed over on the game’s official blog.

With the Heroes of the Storm Spring Championship just days away, we’re excited to announce details for the Summer season, during which more than $1.2 million USD is on the line!

Hundreds of teams from around the globe will battle their way through their respective regional competitions, hoping to earn one of 12 spots in the Heroes of the Storm Summer Global Championship. The Summer season will culminate at DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden, where qualifying teams will compete for a share of the $500,000 USD prize pool.

Heroes of the Storm summer

Hot damn, $1.2 million? I could use that in my life right about now! Even if I were any good at Heroes of the Storm though, sadly, Blizzard’s reach doesn’t seem to reach down to us here in Africa. Check it out…

China – Gold League

  • Dates: April 14 – May 14
  • Playoff Dates: TBD
  • Location: Shanghai
  • Partner: NetEase / NeoTV
  • Prize Pool: $112,000 USD

Europe – Summer Regional 1

  • Dates: April 22-24
  • Location: ESL UK Studio One (Leicester, UK)
  • Partner: ESL
  • Prize Pool: $100,000 USD

Korea – Super League

  • Dates: April –  June
  • Playoff Dates: TBD
  • Location: Seoul
  • Partner: OGN
  • Prize Pool: $170,000 USD

North America – Summer Regional 1

  • Dates: May 6-7
  • Location: DreamHack Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Partner: DreamHack
  • Prize Pool: $100,000 USD

Europe – Summer Regional 2

  • Dates: May 13-14
  • Location: DreamHack Tours (Tours, France)
  • Partner: DreamHack
  • Prize Pool: $100,000 USD

Australia / New Zealand – Season 2 Regional

  • Dates: May 14
  • Location: Sydney
  • Partner: ESL
  • Prize Pool: $20,000 USD

Latin America– Copa America

  • Dates: May 28
  • Location: Brazil
  • Partner: VIU
  • Prize Pool: $18,500 USD

South East Asia – Summer Regional

  • Dates: May 28-29
  • Location: Online
  • Partner: Asiasoft
  • Prize Pool: $22,500 USD

Taiwan – Summer Regional

  • Dates: May 28-29
  • Location: Taipei
  • Partner: 4Gamers
  • Prize Pool: $60,000 USD

North America – Summer Regional 2

  • Dates: June 4-5
  • Location: ESL Studios (Burbank, CA)
  • Partner: ESL
  • Prize Pool: $100,000 USD

Summer Global Championship

  • Dates: June 18-21
  • Location: DreamHack Summer (Jönköping, Sweden)
  • Partner: DreamHack
  • Prize Pool: $500,000 USD

Oh man, even Australia and New Zealand are included. Come on Blizzard, we wanna play too!

Though, I’m not entirely sure how big our Heroes of the Storm community is here in South Africa. Do you play competitively? Do you follow the eSports side of Blizzard’s MOBA? If so, there’s a lot to look forward to!

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Last Updated: March 24, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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