Blizzard And Make-A-Wish Foundation Team Up For Heroes Of The Storm Charity Initiative

by Robert Workman


We’ve seen some of the best players out there get competitive in Heroes of the Storm in the name of being the best. Now, they’re about to put their skills to greater use – raising money for a worthy cause.

Blizzard has announced today that it has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to create a new charity initiative around Heroes of the Storm. With it, some of the best Twitch streamers and players of the game from around the world will compete in the Hero League, while drumming up donations for the Foundation.

The publisher broke down how the tournament will work in a new blog post, which is broken down into phases.

In the first phase of the competition, which takes place starting on April 25th running through May 1st, each of the contenders will work alongside their coaches for hands-on instructions, where they’ll learn the basics for the game (in case they need them) and get ready for the Hero League competition.

Following that, the second phase will begin, running from May 2nd through the 16th. During this time, the competition begins, and players will work their way up the Hero League solo queue ladder, without any assistance from their coaches.

Fans are encouraged to watch their favorite streamers’ Twitch channels to learn the basics alongside their hero during the opening week, and then keep track of their progress during the following two weeks. Dryus, Scarra and Voyboy have been chosen as the competitors, while Chu8, Dunktrain and Kaeyoh will serve as their coaches, respectively. You can learn more about these players here.

So how do the donations work? Well, it’s based on the progress of the players. At the end of the challenge, the rank on their Hero League ladder will determine how much of a donation is made. Reaching Gold Rank will mean an automatic $500 donation, and reaching Grand Master could make it as high as $5000. What’s more, the competitor who reaches the highest rank will earn $25,000 for the Foundation.

No matter who wins, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be getting some great donations – and we’ll see some awesome Heroes of the Storm action as well. The competition kicks off on April 25th at 11:00 AM PDT, and can be watched live here.

Heroes of the Storm is available now for PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.