The next time someone tells you you’re wasting time between college classes playing video games, you might be able to tell them you’re doing it to pay for your tuition. You might not even be lying.

Blizzard has launched a “Heroes of the Dorm” competition for aspiring college students and Heroes of the Storm players, with up to half a million dollars worth of prizes. The winning team members will win tuition for their entire college careers, with additional prizes including an “epic gaming system” for the top four teams, Battle.net gift cards, and automatic access to the HotS beta for all participants.

Registration is open until March 26, with qualifiers taking place in late March through mid-April, and the final rounds being televised on ESPN — which is something of a story in its own right. Non-students can get into the action and win prizes of their own by filling out a fantasy bracket of the top 64 teams on April 3.

Hmm… maybe the other big MOBAs should try their hand at college tournaments. They’ll need a catchy, “Heroes of the Dorm”-type name, though. Maybe “League of Lessons”? “Diploma 2”? OK, maybe not…

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

11 COMMENTS

  1. its best F2P moba type game for me, cause its very balanced, talent based, team share level game there is no MASTER YI – right click and win or – buy tank items and win characters

  2. No matter how much they offer up for the E-sport tournament ..doesn’t mean everyone gonna become rich by playing game. If you think so, then you’ll just wasting your time playing and never win.I do like competitive games such as Dota 2 and Smite i regular play them. But never aim for winning in those tournament. Is a very high risk. Games are for fun and to relieve stress when come back from school or work. Not to spent your whole life to gamble with.

  3. Anyone who has played competitively in video games (especailly multiple) knows that time is pretty much the only factor in how good you are as long as you’re fairly intelligent and good at problem solving.

    Talent is a lie.

    I’ve been level 45 in Team Slayer – 46 in Team Snipers, and 42 in Royal Rumble in Halo 2, been to 2 MLGs (Chicago both times). #48 guild in the world in WoW for 14 months. Currently Diamond 2 in LoL (Diamond 1 last season, Diamond 2 in Season 3). #2 ranked in the world on Unreal Championship 2 (which was arguably the most “difficult” game). A lot of other games I’ve been far above average.

    Wanna know why? Because I played all day. My grades were straight Cs and Ds in school because of it.

    I don’t support Blizzard doing this because it promotes an unhealthy life for someone who actually wants to make a lot of money (if they’re going to college, I assume that’s their goal).

    Talent is just an illusion, skill is just another word for practice. Yes, people with better problem solving skills and overall common sense will perform better, but every human has the capability of mastering those skills.

    • It doesn’t take much talent to play video games. They’re designed that way on purpose so the average gamer can participate and enjoy them.

      If you want to know what talent is, do something that requires real talent AND practice. There’s a reason brain surgeons make so much money and you just play video games all day.

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