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From :https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/228335

We’re constantly changing and evolving not only our games, but how we support and grow them. This evolution is vital to our ability to continue doing what we love to do—making great games—and it’s what makes Blizzard, Blizzard.

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 now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, 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. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past.

Despite the change, Heroes of the Storm remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters. We’ll continue actively supporting the game with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up the game for long-term sustainability. We’re so grateful for the support the community has shown from the beginning, and the development team will continue to support Heroes with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that has made the game such a unique experience.

We’ve also evaluated our plans around Heroes esports—after looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change with the game, the Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm will not return in 2019. This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these programs is deeply felt by everyone who works on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect.

While we don’t make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other live games and all the projects we have in the works. We appreciate all of our hard-working developers and everyone in the Blizzard community, and look forward to sharing many more epic gaming experiences with you in the future.

J. Allen Brack and Ray Gresko

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So Blizzard, in an attempt to cut costs, is cancelling all of their 2019 esport circuit and pulling developers from the game.

A lot of people guess that Activisions influence is behind all that and it makes them worried for the future of other Blizzard games.

Also the communication was, again, awful.
All of the casters, content creators and pro players got the news at the same time that this statement appeared.
So they now suddenly are without a job.

 

Feels like Blizzard is getting a worse company by the day



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Just wow they flipped off the entire HOTS community.



Feels bad for entire teams like Team Liquid who fielded a full roster, and team in support of Blizzard esports just for it to be canceled. Blizzard's track record with esports is truly something else, with only Overwatch as their shining star.



A lot of people guess that Activisions influence is behind all that and it makes them worried for the future of other Blizzard games.

Activision was always the more influential of the two branches even before the merger with Vivendi ... 



That sucks. HOTS was a great Moba. I enjoyed that better than LoL and DOTA2.



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People need to stop with this Activision vs Blizzard crap. They're the same, deal with it. Just because Blizzard makes generally pretty good games doesn't mean that they're not scumbag corporate assholes.



If you demand respect or gratitude for your volunteer work, you're doing volunteering wrong.

HOTS never had chance against League of Legends and Dota 2 to begin with.



This was expected by the amount of viewers on twitch for the past year for the game
Poor Grubby



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That honestly sucks ass.

Heroes of the Storm was the only Moba out there that I actually loved playing, that I could actually understand and that actually followed a play style I've been rolling with the past 5 years.

Blizz just seems to not be giving a fuck about the console/PC communities with the shitty move to mobile gaming (with them moving console/PC/HotS staff over to mobile development).

I've noticed that Blizz and other companies seem to just drop something if it doesn't become a one hit esports wonder or doesn't make a few billions. Whatever happened to sticking through and working your hardest?.



               

The only real chance Blizz have at the e-sport scene now is focusing on Overwatch. Right now balancing in OW is a mess and there is a lot of matchmaking improvements that still need to be done.