Blizzard apparently understands the value of education. Something that not all gaming companies consider promoting. But with Blizz, things are different. If you are a great Hearthstone fan, a US college player and think you have what it takes, the company is organizing a $100.000 scholarship tournament so that the best of the best can benefit from the education they desire, free of charge.
Blizzard adopted the same mentality earlier this year when they organized the famous Heroes of the Dorm, a tournament celebrating the release of their new hero brawler, Heroes of the Storm, and they gave away scholarships for the 5 top players in the winning team. The Hearthstone tournament will involve 3v3 teams and every player will play 1 deck in the following 5 matches.
The tournament begins on September 28th and it will be extended all the way through January, when the finals will take place. You can head to Blizzard’s official website in order to see whether you are qualified to join the tournament or not. And if you are, we sincerely wish you the best of luck.
This event is organized to celebrate Hearthstone’s third expansion known as The Grand Tournament. There is much at stake because this new expansion brought 130 new cards to the table, so it falls down to the players’ wits to see how they can best perform against their daring enemies. New variables bring much more action in the game and make older decks viable. We will see what interesting ideas players will be able to come up with during the tournament’s development.
And while we are on the subject of education, it is safe to say that Blizzard is tackling a great issue in the controversial world of eSports. In general, competitive games such as League of Legends or DotA 2 are known to offer large prizes for their winners, but rarely for scholarships or any other educational features. While the prizes are obviously accepted, the job prospects for being a “professional gamer” are quite vague.
Teenagers especially nowadays tend to get involved in competitive gaming and hone their skills so that they can participate in world tournaments, but the issue is that this involvement takes time, time which also needs to be dedicated to study. Thus, players occasionally choose to neglect school and focus on the games. Some become professional gamers, but what’s in store for them after the age of 25 or 30?
Some become shoutcasters, others become trainers but what about everyone else? eSports doesn’t need 1000 shoutcasters, they just need 100 few good ones.
Thus, Blizzard encourages the “backup plan”. You want to be a professional gamer? Nobody is stopping you! But make sure you take care of your education as well. The more you know, the better you are!
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