With a prize pool boasting $500,000 in goodies and tuition, the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm tournament is sure to provide some top-tier competition for Heroes of the Storm and, as of today, registrations are officially open.
According to Blizzard, your mission is simple: Form a team. Play Heroes of the Storm. Win tuition for your college career.
That process might be a bit easier said than done but, hey, somebody has to win it, so it might as well be you and a group of college pals, right?
Blizzard is billing Heroes of the Dorm as the “ultimate collage esports clash,” a tournament that will be showcased thanks to a partnership with ESPN and Tespa. To get started, all you have to do is head on over to the official website and click the bright orange button inviting you to create or join a team.
In today’s announcement, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime pointed out that last year’s champions, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears, are now a thriving esports team. The goal of the competition is to create even more opportunities for great Heroes of the Storm players while simultaneously heaping prizes on the top performers that will help get them through college.
For those interested in competing, you’ll be able to register for the tournament through Feb. 18, with online qualifiers kicking off as early as Feb. 20 and running through March 6. For those who make it into the tournament portion of the competition, those 64 top teams will begin working their way through the brackets on March 19. Eliminations will continue over the next couple of weeks, with the “Heroic Four” showdown scheduled for April 9 and the Grand Finals appearing on ESPN2 come April 10.
Since there’s all of this talk about dorms and tuition, it should go without saying that the competition is open to college students only in the U.S. and Canada. If you can’t compete, you’ll still be able to take part by offering your predictions for the chance to win a $10,000 prize.
As for prizes, any team that takes part in the qualifying rounds will receive a Heroes of the Dorm player portrait for their Heroes of the Storm account. All five players on the winning team will also earn tuition coverage for their entire college career. I find it kind of funny, though, that something so time-consuming as a tournament on this scale is awarding people with college funding despite the fact that said college careers will likely have to be put on the back burner while participants pour practice and competition hours into the game.