When I read the first sentence of Blizzard’s press release last night, I knew that everything was going to need to change.
I first was devastated as a fan. Devastated not only because my favorite game of all-time was losing a profound and vibrant piece of what made it so wonderful, but because it felt like a betrayal of the mountains of time and energy that this community has invested in this universe. Time and energy from the players, coaches, admins, casters, streamers, producers -- freaking everyone -- whose realities have now been completely altered without warning.
None of this is good news. I can’t sit here and tell you that it’s good news.
I spent last night probably like many of you: lying in bed, getting up, pacing around, pretending to think I can sleep and lying down again, then pacing around some more until the sun came up. I read every comment on the feed, Twitter, and Reddit. I read every direct message and email that filled my inboxes. I listened as my HHE family discussed and speculated and looked for something concrete to hold onto.
Amongst the stream of conflicted words and amidst those heated disputes, there was one singular common thread that I was able to trace throughout all of it: we still love this game.
Frustration, anger, sadness -- all of that aside -- I still actually love this game and I still want to play it. I still want to support it and the community of amazing people who feel the same.
And so, I’m going to do something. We are going to do something.
This organization was founded on the belief that if you get cool and awesome people in a room together, cool and awesome things will happen -- that hasn’t changed.
HeroesHearth has become something bigger and more powerful than anything I could have ever imagined. I am surrounded by incredibly gifted and kind people who I believe in without hesitation.
So, here’s the thing. For years now, I have wanted to launch what I’ve been calling HeroesHearth Events. It’s a platform that I started working on long ago to foster a high-level tournament circuit that is fueled by the community -- we are rebooting it now.
Honestly, it will take time for us to put it together, but we’re going to do it and -- as is our way -- we will start modestly and build up. I will continue to update this blog with news and developments as we dig into things, but we will have something actionable to share in the coming weeks.
HeroesHearth is not going anywhere. Between the site, our partners, our streamers, and the community, we will continue to create great Twitch and YouTube content for Heroes of the Storm as long as you are willing to watch, read, and have fun with us.
If you want to be involved, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, at me @workhorseHHE, or message me directly on heroeshearth.com.