Blizzard Shifting Heroes of the Storm Developers, Cancels HGC and Heroes of the Dorm
Blizzard has announced that they will be shifting developers from Heroes of the Storm to other internal teams and has cancelled future eSports events.
Blizzard has announced that they will be changing the tone with which they talk about Heroes of the Storm, transitioning developers to other teams and setting the game up for, “long-term sustainability.”
While Heroes of the Storm will continue to be supported with new heroes, events, and other content it appears the game will have less of a priority for updates than before. After evaluating the eSports scene, Blizzard has also announced that the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not be returning in 2019.
Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of. We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. 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.
In a separate post, Blizzard thanks HGC fans for their support and enthusiasm in light of the news that there will be no more future events for the game. Heroes of the Dorm was an annual tournament featuring various teams from colleges and universities in the United States who would compete for scholarships and gaming PCs. HGC was the official eSports tournament for the MOBA, with the latest Grand Finals hosted during BlizzCon and ended with South Korean team Gen.G taking first place after sweeping Dignitas 3-0.
To the HGC supporters, thank you. Thank you for every piece of feedback you provided, HGC Cheer you cheered, and—most of all—every ounce of your passion. We felt it every day, back at the office and alongside you at each and every live event. The HGC could not have happened without all of your support.
Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s MOBA which includes characters from all across every Blizzard franchise, and has begun creating original characters with a new playable character announced at Blizzcon 2018 that does not hail from any other Blizzard game. Launched on June 2, 2015, Heroes of the Storm is one of ten games hosted on the Battle.net client and like all of Blizzard’s games has seen many, many updates across its lifespan. Whether this is the beginning of the end of major updates for Heroes of the Storm remains to be seen, but it seems like Blizzard is beginning to ramp up on other projects it has internally, including the all-but-confirmed Diablo 4 project that just missed Blizzcon, to the developer’s detriment.