Students Battle for Free College Tuition in Blizzard’s “Heroes of the Dorm™” Tournament
College students across the United States and Canada can team up and represent their school—more than $450,000 in tuition and other exciting prizes up for grabs. What’s more: you can get involved and win big by filling out a fantasy bracket and cheering on your favorite schools! ESPN® will be delivering exclusive live coverage for Heroes of the Dorm on TV and digital platforms.
Wrap up that term paper, because you’ll want to hit the Battlegrounds with no distractions. Today, Blizzard Entertainment and TeSPA, the premier network of college gamers, revealed plans for Heroes of the Dorm™—the ultimate Heroes of the Storm™ college tournament, offering an unprecedented prize pool that includes scholarships and high-end gaming PCs. ESPN®, the worldwide leader in sports, will deliver exclusive live coverage for Heroes of the Dorm on television and digital platforms. This represents the first live televised coverage of a collegiate eSports event on an ESPN network.
Heroes of the Dorm will bring together teams of college students from across the United States and Canada in an epic showdown to determine the strongest scholars in the Nexus, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition at stake. Plus, everyone’s invited to show their school spirit—and compete for prizes of their own—by participating in the Heroes of the Dorm fantasy bracket challenge!
The Heroes of the Dorm tournament is open to active college students in the United States and Canada, and we will be offering closed beta access for teams once they are fully registered and verified! You can find out more in our comprehensive beta access FAQ.
The tournament will be played across three rounds of competition:
- Open Qualifiers – Begin March 28
- Single-Elimination Bracket Play (Round of 64) – Begins April 11
- The Heroic Four live event to be held in late April
All five members of the first-place team will each enjoy up to $25,000 per year in college tuition for up to three years of their remaining years of undergrad or graduate enrollment (up to three full years as an undergrad or up to two years as a grad student). Seniors and grad students with no remaining years of enrollment will receive one year’s worth of tuition to help repay student loans (or an equivalent cash prize if the student does not have any remaining student loans). Each player whose team emerges from the Round of 64 and makes it to the Heroic Four will take home a top-of-the-line gaming PC—featuring high-end components from Intel®, Gigabyte™, Rosewill®, and CyberPower®—and peripherals and accessories from SteelSeries® and HyperX®. For more information on prizing, please visit heroesofthedorm.com.
ESPN3 will carry the Round of 16, Round of 8, and “Heroic Four” live exclusively on the multi-screen sports network. It is accessible in more than 99 million households nationwide to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones, and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. The coverage will also be available across ESPN media platforms in several international regions.
Viewers will be able to access Heroes of the Dorm tournament action on ESPN3 under the eSports category online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app (visit http://espn.go.com/watchespn/apps for a list of compatible devices), and streamed on televisions through Apple TV, Roku, and other connected devices.
In late April, the Heroes of the Dorm championship match will be televised live in prime time on an ESPN network and also accessible via WatchESPN. Further details on the telecast will be shared at a later date.
To sign up, students should form a team of five players and submit an entry application through the official Heroes of the Dorm website, heroesofthedorm.com. Complete rules and eligibility requirements will be posted there as well.
Fantasy Bracket for Everyone
The Heroes of the Dorm tournament isn’t just for collegiate competitors—spectators can also create and share fantasy brackets to root for their favorite teams and partake in an epic prize pool valued at more than $25,000, including a $10,000 top prize for whoever predicts the final bracket most accurately, and top-of-the-line gaming PCs for the best five predictions. In addition, everyone who participates will receive a Heroes of the Storm in-game portrait, as well as opportunities to win high-end gaming PCs and a range of gaming peripherals. Check the Heroes of the Dorm website for complete rules and eligibility. Fantasy brackets will be available there starting on April 3 once the entrants have been finalized.
Stay tuned for more details about this exciting tournament!