Partnership will see ESL create and operate the Hearthstone® esports ecosystem for next two years
Cologne/Stockholm, January 22, 2021: ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has today revealed that it has entered a two year partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to operate the Blizzard owned esports ecosystem for the Hearthstone® game title.
As part of another landmark publishing deal for ESL, the partnership will impact on some of the largest Hearthstone® tournaments like the Grandmasters and the Hearthstone Masters Tours and will entail a total prize pool of 3,000,000 USD per calendar year.
This announcement follows ESL’s existing partnership with Blizzard around StarCraft II® and Warcraft III® and strengthens the connection between the two brands. Alongside the operation of the main ecosystem, the partnership gives ESL the opportunity to introduce ESL and DreamHack branded competitions in partnership with Blizzard over 2021 and 2022.
“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Blizzard through this two year Hearthstone® partnership” said Michael Van Driel, Senior Vice President Game Management at ESL Gaming. “Operating the game ecosystem is a great move for ESL and Hearthstone® , fans around the world can look forward to an exciting two years ahead.”