Blizzard to Offer $100K to Every Team Competing in HotS Pro League
As a part of BlizzCon Opening Week, Blizzard has revealed that teams will earn a minimum of $100,000 USD for competing in the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship.
Earlier this week Blizzard promised a minimum income amount for teams that participate in the Heroes of the Storm Pro League, but the number had been left a mystery until today’s unveiling. The number was initially announced in the BlizzCon Opening Week coverage but was later confirmed by Blizzard’s Esports Franchise Lead Sam “Milkfat” Braithwaite on Twitter.
The guaranteed $100,000 does not include tournament winnings, which makes it comparable to the Minimum Player Compensation Riot Games implemented for the 2016 LCS seasons. League of Legends players competing in the Championship Series are paid a minimum of $12,500 per split on top of any prize money awarded from competing in events, as outlined by the official rule set drafted by Riot. As Heroes of the Storm teams are composed of five players, this means that each player playing in the Pro League should be receiving a base minimum $20,000 during the 2017 season.
With a total of thirty-two available slots in the Pro League, this means that the amount of money Blizzard has allocated for Heroes of the Storm team compensation comes to $3.2 million USD. This not including the $100,000 and $250,000 offered prize pools.
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