While the removal of the professional circuit may only directly impact a very, very small percentage of the Heroes of the Storm player base, Blizzard announced that some developers of the game will be moving on to other projects, a sign that the game itself may suffer greatly as well. Which also confirms, "we've made the hard decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams".
"Ultimately, we're setting up the game for long-term sustainability", they added. According to the same post, Blizzard have shifted some Heroes developers to other teams, and will likely keep a crew just large enough to maintain the game for casual play.
Both the Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm eSports events have been canceled for 2019, and many developers working on the title have been reassigned to other teams.
There are many different characters that are playable heroes, all of whom are from Blizzard's different franchises, including their 90s game "The Lost Vikings".
Heroes of the Storm released in 2015, and while it never reached the heights Blizzard presumably hoped it would-the mountaintop from which League of Legends and Dota 2 look down on all other MOBAs-it offered a somewhat more accessible wizard 'em up and developed a passionate fan base.
Blizzard also announced it is canceling all 2019 esports events for its Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm competitions. In particular, this announcement comes just weeks after former Blizzard CEO and President Mike Morhaime stepped down from his position and put the company in Brack's hands.
Regardless of how many individuals knew about the announcement prior to it going public, those who relied on the competitive Heroes of the Storm scene's existence are now left high and dry by the company who created and ended it. The game will receive new heroes, special themed events and more new content in the future.
There is, however, a new World of Warcraft store mount in case you feel like supporting Blizzard with cash.
Heroes has always been a fun MOBA to jump into for a few days to get away from the other "paint by numbers" games out there, and while I am excited to see what new projects Blizzard has on the go, it seems that the storm has started to subside over Heroes of the Storm. In short, we're continuing to develop the game with an incredible team that has the experience and passion required to support Heroes of the Storm well into the future.