Heroes of the Storm is one of the most famous video games at the market today, and for that reason it should have more of an impact on the esports arena this year for a number of reasons.
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First and foremost, the game was not released officially, until in mid-2015. Many gamers had a lot of anticipation and many took part in the beta version of the game and some got access a few months early by playing in the Activision Blizzard Heroes of the Dorm university competition. However, many people still managed to play the game for around six month, not more than that. The developers had also been spending lots and lots of money and investing into the game in 2016.
After a reward of a whopping $1.2 million for HotS events last year, Blizzard has increased that to a whopping $4 million in 2016. And according to reliable resources there is also another Heroes of the Dorm event been scheduled, which should theoretically, entice more gamers to try the game on a serious note.
On the other hand, ESPN has stated that it would be televising Heroes of the Dorm again in spite of the mix results that were witnessed on the first time around. According to a report published by Variety, the initial Heroes of the Dorm scored a .1 Nielsen rating, which would have been a bit lower than several programs that were showing that night. It did made many people talk about esports as well as heroes of the storm.
“This is a good thing for Heroes of the Storm, and an eye opener if not better for esports,” stated Jake Kulinski, who is a commentator at HotS as well as a Town Hall Heroes which is popular a webcast that talks about the game.
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He also added that the 2015 Heroes of the Dorm competition created a lot of attention to the game in spite of it occurring months before the game was released officially. With ESPN now managing esports every now and then, it is quite obvious that it will still continue to air esports events even if they get the lowest rating on the market. The game has had almost one year to build a following, so there is a higher possibility that ratings will be higher.
Gathering information for the monthly blogs of Twitch.tv which mainly talks about the top 20 most viewed games on Twitch, from the period running from April 2015 to November 2015 Heroes of the Storm scoped a position as high as 12th most viewed as well as low as 20th. However, with the increase in price money available, the number of players who are trying to stream Heroes of the Storm could also rise at a significant level, and this in turn will attract more and more viewers. This will be a good thing for the game as well as the players.