Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment Video streaming platform Twitch announced a two-year collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment today, where the service will receive exclusive third-party streaming rights to tournaments like the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship and Overwatch APEX League. As esports continues to expand, securing broadcast rights will start to become a growing contest in the industry. Much like bidding for the rights to broadcast Monday Night Football, locking down the exclusive stream for a major esports league means guaranteeing all eyes are on your channel. A spokesman for Twitch confirmed the company would maintain the third-party rights. Outside of Blizzard’s own platforms, only Twitch will broadcast Blizzard tournaments—no YouTube, Facebook or other platforms—for the next two years. Advertisement When asked about whether it would extend to the upcoming Overwatch League, a Twitch spokesman said that the deal currently extends to the events announced in the initial release, and any additional programs will be announced at a later date. The tournaments this deal currently covers are: Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit) Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) Hearthstone Global Games (HGG) World of Warcraft Arena READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
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GIF The hook is a simple but effective tool in games: a chain, thrown accurately, pulling enemies back to their likely doom. But in the realm of competitive games, hooks seem almost ubiquitous. The reason why a hook is a near-necessity for any competitive game, is simple: They’re the biggest moments in games, boiled down to a single throw. Ed Boon’s yellow ninja may be one the of the earliest examples (as long as we’re not counting Bionic Commando), but the hook really seemed to stick in most with the MOBA crowd. Starting with Defense of the Ancients, a mod for WarCraft III that popularized the concept of pushing lanes and destroying ancients, there was one character that stood out from the rest, a sack of flesh and guts called Pudge. Pudge was modeled after the Abomination unit, and alongside being able to rot the air around him and chop up enemies, he could throw a hook. This hook, if it landed, pulled back whatever unit it hit. By itself, it was a strong tool for displacing enemies; combined with his powerful but short-ranged skills, it was a brutal means of picking off heroes. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
The next hero has been revealed for the arena brawler, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo fans will be happy that it’s the Aspect of Death himself, Malthael. …Read More The post Diablo III: Reaper of Souls’ Malthael is the Next Character in Heroes of the Storm by Leif Conti-Groome appeared first on DualShockers.
Blizzard’s MOBA throws all the company’s famous properties into the one game, which means the artists tasked with imagining Heroes of the Storm’s look got to have some fun smashing everything together. Heroes Of The Storm: The Kotaku Review “We’re closing the gap,” the Nova standing next to me shouted through her radio. “Keep your eyes on … Read more Below you’ll find a selection of art that went into the game’s production, from characters to skins to environments, along with links to the portfolios of the artists responsible. To see the images in their native resolution, click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner. Advertisement Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some concept, environment, promotional or character art you’d like to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Learn how to use D.Va in Heroes of the Storm with a new overview video. …Read More The post D.Va Takes the Spotlight in New Heroes of the Storm Video by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.
Thanks to a change in the way Blizzard’s WoW tokens work, players can now farm World of Warcraft gold and apply it towards credit for Overwatch loot boxes, Heroes of the Storm character unlocks and Hearthstone cards. Advertisement WoW Tokens are items introduced to World of Warcraft to give players a way to buy subscription time for in-game gold while giving others a legitimate alternative to purchasing gold from third-party websites. The player in need of World of Warcraft currency can buy a WoW Token for $20 in cash, then sell it for a fixed amount of gold in the game’s auction house (current asking price on North American servers is 62,393 gold). Players buying these tokens at the auction house would then redeem them for 30 days of game time. Starting today, players can trade those tokens for $15 of Battle.net credit instead of game time (amounts may vary by region). Here’s a video explanation of how that works. Depending on your World of Warcraft gold farming acumen, this could be a nice way to turn that lazy grinding time into extra in-game items or even full digital Blizzard READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Blizzard has announced that the full Hero Roster will be unlocked for players this weekend in Heroes of the Storm to celebrate the new year. …Read More The post Heroes of the Storm Full Hero Roster to be Unlocked this Weekend by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.
A new trailer has been released for Blizzard’s popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm. …Read More The post Heroes of the Storm Gets a New Trailer Highlighting Zul’jin by Kenneth Richardson appeared first on DualShockers.
Heroes of the Storm’s weekly Heroes’ Brawl launched today, bringing a regular rotation of entertaining game variants to Blizzard’s MOBA. I played several rounds of the Punisher Arena mode earlier today, and while I’m not any better than last time I played, I didn’t care nearly as much. Advertisement Punisher Arena, available for the next week and change, pits two teams of five players each against each other in an arena where two massive Punisher creatures are duking it out. It’s a best of three round game, with the first team to reach 100 points two times out of three winning. Players kills are worth four points, Punisher kills worth 10. The big creatures alternate between attacking each other and attacking players, so it’s up to each team to know when to push and when to fall back. Rounds are fast, and a great deal of fun, even if you’re a level 7 in a game comprised almost completely of level 40 players. While skill does come into play, there’s also a random element. Each round players get to select one of three Heroes from a list of three. One round your team is two Specialists, two Support and one…
Blizzard has announced they will be revealing the next hero character for Heroes of the Storm via a Facebook Live video on Thursday, October 6 at 8 AM Pacific Time. The hero will be revealed via a live drawing by Samwise Didier, the Art Director for Heroes of the Storm. After the recording the video will be sped up and uploaded to the YouTube channel for those who want to see a speed drawing. You can find the video once live, at Facebook.com/Blizzheroes.