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Blizzard has announced the schedule for the spring global championships for Heroes of the Storm. They rolled out the dates and prize pool for each region who will participate in the champion tournament, as well as how much money will be up for grabs.
As reported by Shacknews, the championship will be global and include: Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe, Korea, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and North America. Blizzard will have a total prize pool of more than $1.12 million up for grabs totaled across each of the regions.
Of course, you shouldn't get too excited yet because not every region will have a prize pool that's mouthwatering. For instance, in Latin America, the total pool for the preliminaries is only $18,500, where-as the preliminaries in China will be $100,000. So depending on where you're located or which region you're playing for will determine how much you can potentially earn playing in the big leagues of Heroes of the Storm.
The final event that rounds out the spring championship season will take place in Seoul, South Korea and will have the largest pool available at $500,000.
Twelve teams in total will compete at the grand finals after two teams from each region compete in their respective brackets, with the exception of Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia and Taiwan – those aforementioned regions will only have a single team advance to the grand finals for the spring championship.
According to the Heroes of the Storm blog entry, the qualifying rounds have already started to get underway as teams will be competing for a position to participate at the Seoul event. For instance, the Korea preliminaries started on January 12th. The Southeast Asia preliminaries started back on Friday on January 16th, and the China league preliminaries took place a day before that on January 15th.
Latin America's preliminaries for Hereoes of the Storm take place online and the finals will begin on January 25. It works the same in North America, where the prelims will see teams duking it out online and the finals commencing on February 25th in Los Angeles, California. Europe is setup similar to the others as well, with the prelims being online and the finals for Blizzard's MOBA title taking place on March 5 in Katowice, Poland.
After Europe wraps up in March, things will begin to take shape for the grand finals in Seoul, South Korea between April 1st and April 3rd. Each of the regions will have their own broadcasting formats to live-stream the event, with the ESL hosting many of the English speaking events while companies like AsiaSoft, 4Gamers and NetEase tackling the Heroes of the Storm events in the Asian regions.
The fantasy MOBA from Blizzard has managed to gain a lot of popularity in a short amount of time due to featuring a lot of characters and themes from many of Blizzard's properties (still no Blackthorne; but one can dream). The eSports sector for the game exploding with more than a million on the line for the spring global championships shows that the game already seems to have a healthy eSports life ahead of it. If the prize pools stay the same for the other championships throughout the year for Heroes of the Storm then it could quickly end up rivaling the likes of League of Legends or Dota 2.
You can learn more about the dates, prize pools, live-stream options and more for the Heroes of the Storm spring championships by visiting the official website.