Joaby had a chance recently to have a chat with Heroes of the Storm's Chris Sigaty about the game's shift into final release territory, as well as the challenges that come with the Australian eSports scene.
From the feature:
The team that wins the ANZ Finals (held on August 1 following two rounds of qualifiers) will fly to the United States to compete against champions from South East Asia, Latin America and North America and continue on to the World Championships in Anaheim in November. Relatively speaking, the ANZ champions will compete in a group of death before they even get to the world championships.
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Heroes of the Storm is far from the only fish in the eSports pond, and other games are doing interesting things to drive up prize pools. Dota 2, a similar game, approaches prize funding using crowd-sourced funds to raise the pool above $11 million dollars for its "The International" tournament.
With this in mind, we got Executive Producer for Heroes of the Storm, Chris Sigaty, to give further details on Blizzard's plans HOTS eSports.
Posted 07:42pm 27/6/15
That being said a CSGO team, Vox Eminor, recently played in an international league and did very well against the top European teams, something which even North America struggles with. Vox Eminor have changed sponsers and now known as Renegades. This is because the funding required to put up a team at an international level is quite expensive.
Hopefully Blizzard helps solve this issue for Australians in the eSports community.
Posted 08:01am 28/6/15
The ability to watch live games, with various commentary tracks, and a multitude of options in DOTA is the most compelling thing around esports for a looong time. No one else is close, and Valve have had it for years. PLUS you can have professional/semi professional tournaments going all the time, within the game client. Also, the way that Valve/DOTA build their prize pool, in addition to engaging the community with shiny trinkets with the compedium is f*****g genius. Seriously, Blizz is sooo far behind now on the esports front it's not even funny.
I think you need to grow the community who are actually interested in watching professional / semi-professional games first, throwing all your money/effort into live video streams around big tournaments just seems like you're missing a few of the foundations to make the whole thing successful.
Posted 08:19am 28/6/15
They are trying to get guys from here to play arena in WoW as well and they will fly the winners of the tournaments here to the US for the finals. Personally I gave up on WoW pvp long ago but I admire their desire to at least give us a chance. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1819480931
Posted 09:31am 28/6/15
I find watching games on Twitch/Youtube now so, so frustrating. Even if you're not a Dota 2 player (why not!?!) you should get the game just to spectate a few pro games when The International kicks off - it will make you aware of how high the bar is for esports now, and how few games come anywhere near it.
Posted 09:56am 28/6/15
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