Renewing the deal made last year, Blizzard has announced this year’s collegiate Heroes of the Storm tournament, Heroes of the Dorm, will be retuning to ESPN. Causing a bit of a stir last year, Heroes of the Dorm was ESPN’s first live, televised esports event, an this year they are going even bigger.
With over $500,000 in prizes up for grabs, ESPN is streaming the first four rounds of the tournament on ESPN3, Twitch, and YouTube starting March 19th. They are then televising the “Heroic Four” and Grand Finals on ESPN2 on April 9th and 10th.
Registration is open now through February 18th, online qualifying matches running February 20th through March 6th. Any college students interested in forming a team can see all the specifics and eligibility requirements here. Each player on the winning team will walk away with $75,000 going towards his or her tuition.
Here’s the full schedule:
Round of 64 March 19 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 32 March 20 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 16 March 26 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 8 March 27 ESPN3, Twitch, YouTube
Heroic Four April 9 ESPN2
Grand Finals April 10 ESPN2
“Last year’s Heroes of the Dorm was an amazing experience for the students playing and everyone watching, and we’re excited to again offer college athletes an epic opportunity to team up and compete for scholarships in 2016,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “It’s inspiring to see players from last year’s championship team, the UC Berkeley Golden Bears, now thriving in pro esports careers—we look forward to seeing how this year’s competitors shape the future of competitive gaming.”
If you aren’t interested in competing or aren’t a student, but want a chance to win some prizes anyways, Blizzard also announced the Heroes of the Dorm Bracket Challenge. Though they have yet to announce the details, the Bracket Challenge will ask fans which of the 64 final teams will win at all, and the most accurate bracket will receive $10,000.
As we learn more about this year’s Heroes of the Dorm completion, you’ll find it all right here on Gamespresso.