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GameGeex - The future of Hearthstone is eSports Hearthstone is looking to make it's big eSports debut. Somehow, I'm not all that surprised.

Hearthstone has only been out for just a couple of months and it's already receiving a ton of competitive merit. The funny thing is Blizzard didn't even see it coming.

In a GameCrate interview with Hearthstone's Production Director, Jayson Chays, it was revealed that Blizzard didn't really expect the now incredibly-popular card game to be all that popular in the first place. But what's not to like? The game is simple and caters to gamers of all walks. Now that the secret is out of the bag, Blizzard is looking to push the game in a competitive direction.

Sometime in the near future, Blizzard plans to enhance spectator features and structure the rules for competitive play. I guess that means more tournaments, events, and of course, prize moolah. Turns out they already have a strategy planned to build the game's popularity (not like they need it at the moment).

I feel Blizzard should take advantage of all the Hearthstone streamers who average more than 5,000 concurrent viewers. That's more than what shooter pros get for viewers--whom average 2,000 to 3,000 views outside of team scrimmages--which is definitely an achievement in its own right.

Perhaps it's time for me to jump on this card game sensation. Hearthstone actually does require a good amount of skill so there's definitely an incentive for me, heh. How about all of you? Would you be willing to compete and/or spectate a Hearthstone tournament?

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[Mandifesto] @ 2:50:11 AM May 20, 2014
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I would love to compete in a tournament, but I am still learning the game even after playing it since December or so (I'm only level 16 in the current season, and that's after dealing with the Hunter nerf in the last patch). It took me a while to let Arturis make me play it, but now it's the game I play most.  Even my 1 year old helps me play.  He particularly loves the hero powers. And ending turns before I get to play any cards.   I don't have all the cards I would need to play competitively, but I would sure enjoy the opportunity to get squashed by the greats. 

As for spectating, I definitely would enjoy it.  I have even considered streaming as I learn how to play, but that requires an audience watching as I fail my way through the ranks.  Not sure how entertaining that would be.

 


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