ESPN Plans to Broadcast Heroes of the Storm on TV Again

Blizzard's MOBA tournament returns to TV in April.


Apparently feeling its first foray into broadcasting Heroes of the Storm was a success, ESPN plans to do so once again this spring.

Heroes of the Dorm, the HotS competition that rewards college students with tuition money, is coming back for 2016. More notable is ESPN's continued involvement; early rounds will air on its streaming service, ESPN 3, as well as YouTube and Twitch. The Heroic Four and Grind Finals will both be on television, on ESPN 2, on April 9 and 10.

ESPN broadcasted the finals of last year's inaugural tournament, prompting harsh reactions from some viewers and one of its radio hosts (who is no longer with the company). It was the first time it had broadcasted a collegiate esports event. With ESPN putting more resources into covering esports, it's no surprise that Heroes of the Dorm is returning to the network.

More than $500,000 in tuition and prizes is at stake in this year's tournament, and students interested in participating can form a team now through February 18. Each member of the winning team will get up to $75,000 in tuition.

If you're not in a position to join in, you can still win money by taking part in the bracket challenge. You can predict the outcome of the final 64-team tournament, with the most accurate prediction winning $10,000. More details on how this will work are set to be announced closer to when the tournament begins.

Qualifying rounds will take place between February 20 and March 6. The final 64 teams will then complete through late March and into early April. The full schedule and where you can watch these matches take place follows below.

Tournament StageDateWhere to Watch Live
Round of 64March 19ESPN 3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 32March 20ESPN 3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 16March 26ESPN 3, Twitch, YouTube
Round of 8March 27ESPN 3, Twitch, YouTube
Heroic FourApril 9ESPN 2
Grand FinalsApril 10ESPN 2

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