Heroes of the Storm (HotS) is set to undergo a team restructure after it was announced that Blizzard will be moving some of the MOBA’s developer team onto other projects. To coincide with this, it was also announced that HotS eSports events will not be returning in 2019.
The announcement, made by Blizzard’s president J. Allen Brack and the company’s chief development officer, Ray Gresko, stated the company’s need to re-evaluate the development processes behind Heroes of the Storm. They also admitted that, over the years, these evaluations were also performed on a number of Blizzard’s other franchises, including Diablo II and World of Warcraft.
“Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of.
“We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects,” said Brack and Gresko.
HGC and Heroes of the Dorm Will Not Return in 2019
In the same post, Blizzard announced that Heroes Global Championship (HGC) and Heroes of the Dorm will not be returning in 2019. With over 10 million people reported to have tuned in to this year’s Overwatch League finals, the company looks to be trying to expand on some of its other eSports franchises.
The announcement was met with both sadness and anger from fans.
This game and its players deserve so much better. Thank you for an amazing hgc season, Sad that it had to end like this.
— Krisby (@mr_krisby) December 14, 2018
With HotS eSports team, Endemic, pledging to continue to support their HGC players.
Note: ENDEMIC will not leave our #HGC players high and dry.
We are incredibly committed to supporting our players and will work tirelessly to ensure that the negative impact this decision has on their lives is as minimal as possible.
Simply put; we take care of our own. pic.twitter.com/5rxAo0gItM
— ENDEMIC (@endemicesports) December 14, 2018
The company says that while they recognise that the programs are well loved by their communities, these decision were not made easily and they were made with the future of Blizzard and its long-term sustainability in mind.
Heroes of the Storm will still be receiving new heroes, events, and other content but the company says that the “cadence will change.” Blizzard also says that the development team staying with HotS will continue working on the MOBA with the same enthusiasm and creativity as usual.