Blizzard has announced it’s going to make some major changes to its well-loved game, Heroes Of The Storm.
In a recent blog post, Blizzard top dogs have stated that a decision has been made to “shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams,” a decision that has a lot of knock-on effects.
Firstly, Blizzard has confirmed it won’t be saying goodbye to Heroes Of The Storm, writing: “We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change.”
As for the game’s esports events, along with some of the game’s staff… it’s an entirely different story…
The blog post confirms the end of the esports tournaments, stating: “after looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019.”
Although admitting the decision is a “difficult” one for everyone at Blizzard, the statement adds: “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.”
My sympathies to hardcore Heroes of the Storm players and to Blizzard folks who loved working on the game!
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) December 14, 2018
It’s not just bad news for HotS fans, but for the staff behind the game as well. It’s not yet been confirmed how many people will suffer from the downsizing.
If you are involved in the Heroes of the Storm scene and you would like someone to look at your resume or cover letter, I’d be happy to help. My DMs are open. This is the most tangible way I can assist people, so hopefully it is of assistance to someone.
— Cass Marshall (@RequineGG) December 14, 2018
Imagine telling thousands of players, staff, casters and administrators that they no longer have a job overnight.
Sadly, this has just become reality for everybody involved with Heroes of the Storm. https://t.co/MKyPPLby65
— Jake ‘Kitfox’ Punton (@Kitfoxpunton) December 14, 2018