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Blizzard has dropped a bombshell on the eSports community by revealing that they will be shifting focus to development of other games, at the expense of Heroes of the Storm, which included the closure of the Global Championship eSports league.
Naturally, this left many players and broadcasters stunned, who will now be left without revenue coming in from streams with very little (if any at all) notice. Method general manager Darrie was particularly taken aback by how the announcement came about, and the devastating effects that it has on players and the community as a whole. His tweet read: “We are troubled by the way the announcement was made; namely the impolitic choice to use social media to share such a message that effectively ended the careers of hundreds of players, content creators, casters, production crews overnight – and broke the hearts of countless fans.”
Despite Blizzard intending to continue to support HOTS in general, the collapse of the HGC sees not only prize pools being taken away, but the base salaries offered to a number of players, with a roster of nearly 200. There has been an outcry of discontent from players and content creators alike, aimed at Blizzard for their lack of communication in the situation, as highlighted by the tweets below.
Fuck you, honestly. Working 6 hard months with new fantastic teammates for this shit. Radio silence for weeks. I sent multiple email and all i got back was that they are working on finalizing the details.
— Lauber (@JohanLauber) December 14, 2018
My life and nobody will give it back. However I am grateful for opportunity to play this game competitively. I give myself some time to get back in shape in league and see if I can do well (russian lcs for example). If not then I will pursue other career, maybe as chef. Thank you
— Maksym Szczypa (@Mopsio) December 14, 2018
Though Blizzard have stated that they intend to continue to support the game with regular updates, to what extent remains to be seen.