Blizzard really intends to make Hearthstone a serious eSport. You can tell based on their final decision to increase the tournament prize pool to $1 million as well as rearranging the way tournament points work. Needless to say, more and more people are going to look at Hearthstone with a more competitive eye. Prizes like these are bound to catch players’ interest and it is not only for making people play competitively, it is also good for business as well.
But the Hearthstone prize pool increase did not come as much of a shock to many of its players. Hearthstone is the most successful online card game in the world right now and Blizzard have the necessary knowledgebase and cash to keep it alive for many years to come. Not to mention that the game has a very high degree of flexibility: you can keep it as casual as it can get or you can be as competitive as you want to be. The choice is yours and you have all the freedom in the world.
Statistically speaking, the $1 million prize pool is not that much of an investment from Blizzard into their game. Imagine that there are people who spend $60 on a daily basis to get 60 card packs and create super decks. It is safe to assume that Hearthstone is making thousands of dollars every day and the extra cash directed to the first prize is only to ensure that players keep playing their game.
The hearthstone competition has also been risen to a higher level starting with today. Anybody who achieves the well-known Legend Rank is now one step closers to the world championship, but maintaining your Legend rank all year will only be one of the requirements to enter the championship. It looks as if you will be obtaining points from now on and based on these points you will be chosen as a world championship competitor or not.
On top of the world championship changes, Blizzard is also going to be hosting seasonal Hearthstone championships in order to keep its public entertained. Summer, spring and winter competitions will ensure that players stay in touch with their favorite players and also understand how the game is evolving and the winners of each seasonal competition will automatically participate in the world championship.
If Blizzard really intends to make Hearthstone a serious eSport, then they need not worry too much. They seem to be on the right path and they will surely make things work in their favor.