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Heroes of the Storm, or HotS, is a multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzad refers to the game as “hero brawler” and features several characters from other Blizzard games such as StarCraft, WarCraft and Diablo as well as Overwatch. During the early stages of development, Heroes of the Storm was originally called “Blizzard DOTA”, the name changed since its direct competitor was Dota. The game eventually changed to “Blizzard All-Stars” before being changed to its final and current name.
The game is like other MOBAs in esports, a team of 5v5 plays out on a battlefield where the aim is to destroy the other opponents base. In a true Blizzard way of doing games, they cross over with heros and characters from other games, this, in turn has helped making HotS a popular game in esports.
The first Heroes of the Storm World Championship event took place at BlizzCon 2015 and the prize pool for the main event which involved 8 teams was $500,000. Since then, the prize pool has doubled in size and the tournament is to this day the biggest.
Towards the end of 2018, it was announced that Blizzard itself would be downsizing its HotS esports events, however the community isn’t likely to let this game go completely. Heroes of the Storm tournaments have had an exciting past and look certain to deliver even more excitement in the future. Stay tuned with esportsguide, to keep yourself updated with all live and upcoming matches.
You can read more info about this game in the Heroes of the Storm Guide.