If your parents ever told you to stop playing video games to study, they probably didn’t realize it’d win you your college tuition.
Today Blizzard announced Heroes of the Dorm at PAX East, a collegiate esports competition for its new multiplayer online battle arena Heroes of the Storm that will earn its victors up to $450,000 in college tuition.
It’ll also earn them their mug on ESPN as the live finals of the tournament, dubbed the Heroic Four presumably mimicing college basketball’s Final Four, will air on the the sports television network.
Players and teams can register for the event on the Heroes of the Dorm website, with players receiving beta access to the as-of-yet unreleased game upon registration.
The competition, ran in conjunction with college esports organizers TeSPA, requires teams to field rosters of players from the same university.
The only team earning the tuition (or $25,000 in back pay to cover expenses, for fourth year students) will be the winner. After surviving their expenses paid trip to the finals, the remainder of the Heroic Four will take home rad gaming PCs valued at $1,320. The top 64 teams take home $40 each for their Battle.net Balance, recouping some of the cost in buying up all those competitive Heroes.
With games like League of Legends and Dota 2 dominating the esports market, many wonder is Heroes of the Storm could be next. Heroes of the Dorm and its ESPN broadcast might be the first step to making that happen.