It would appear that it’s not all doom and gloom after all when it comes to eSports and Blizzard, as the company has announced a new system known as the Hearthstone Masters Tour to create a more “sustainable, entertaining, and accessible” platform.
Sport1 has claimed a number of rights to broadcast competitions from Blizzard Entertainment on a new pay-TV eSports channel. The German commercial broadcaster has signed a two-year agreement which will see the coverage of the Overwatch League, amongst other Blizz properties.
Recently, we saw Blizzard shut down the eSports side of the popular MOBA title Heroes of the Storm, and there is now the fear the Hearthstone could potentially going the same way. Following the development cutbacks for HOTS, as well as its competitive gaming scene being done away with, Blizzard sent out a survey to Hearthstone players to gauge their attachment to the eSports side of the digital card game.