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A community event unlike any other in eSports history, Heroes Rising is a crowdfunded Heroes of the Storm tournament series.
A community event unlike any other in eSports history, Heroes Rising is a crowdfunded Heroes of the Storm tournament series.
144 backers pledged $8,120 to help bring this project to life.

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Heroes Rising is an epic Heroes of the Storm tournament series made by you, the players and fans of Heroes of the Storm. With the recent end of BlizzCon, this new season brings a host of possibility. Now that future is firmly in your hands.

We're working with the community to make this event happen! eSports Arena is putting in a lot of man hours, as well as funding various things such as the casters, staffing for the event, venue fees, broadcasting production, and much more. Sponsors are also helping to fund a base prize pool of $10,000 which will have the opportunity to grow via your backer donations!

The teams that are invited: Cloud9, TempoStorm, COGnitive Gaming, Murloc Geniuses and Panda Global (previously Kappa Wolves)!

And congratulations to our 5 qualifying teams:

These 10 teams will compete for a portion for the $10,000+ prize pool! The brackets can be viewed here.

Why did we choose to crowdfund this event?

eSports Arena has hosted large tournaments in the past, including our $25k Hearthstone Invitational with some of the biggest names in the Hearthstone community. However, only a few sponsors are willing to put money into a largely untested title like Heroes of the Storm. But, as HotS players ourselves, we want to show the world that the Heroes of the Storm community is very active and passionate about their game! With your help, this has the potential to become much bigger than what we or the sponsors could do on our own.

Traditionally, the community has been at the mercy of companies (whether they be developers or sponsors) when it comes to producing a huge, high-production value event like this, but that’s all about to change. This is your time, your event, and your game. So let’s make eSports history.

How will my backer donations be spent?

100% of what you fund will go towards making this event happen. The first $5,000 will go directly towards bringing out some of the top Heroes of the Storm Teams: Cloud9 and TempoStorm

After we meet the $5,000 funded goal, distribution of backer donations is as follows:

As long as we reach our goal of $5,000, the tournament will have a base prize pool of $10,000!!! But we can do better. Watch the prize pool grow past $5,000 backer donations!

The main tournament and all of the qualifiers will be casted and broadcasted live on Twitch.tv/eSportsArena. If the $7,000 stretch goal is reached, we will also have a secondary stream for off-stage matches on Twitch.tv/eSportsArenaTV! (DONE!)

Heroes Rising will take place January 9th-10th at eSports Arena in Santa Ana, CA!

Announcing our casters: Gillyweed and Zoia!!!

For more information please visit: www.HeroesRising.gg

One of our dreams at eSports Arena was to create community events like this one. To us, that means that this crowdfunded event will have an unparalleled level of engagement with its players and viewers. This tournament will have open qualifiers, which means anyone will have a chance at competing amongst the best teams like the World Champions, Cloud 9. On top of that, we have included rewards for our backers that encourages community engagement, like shout-outs, submitted vines, and even one where the casters will write a haiku for you!!!

Remember, 70% of your backer donations past $5,000 goes straight to the prize pool. On top of this, we want to include some fun stretch goals for the community to shoot for!

eSports Arena is North America's first dedicated eSports facility located in Santa Ana, CA. We're a team of professionals who have come together with a mutual passion for gaming. If you want to know more about us and our philosophy, check out this AMA!

Introducing the team...

Paul Ward | CEO

This mysterious figure is the Supreme Overlord of eSports Arena and ensures that we have sponsors to make Heroes Rising happen. He designed the HeroesRising.gg website and also loves fried chicken. :)
Favorite Hero: Uther

Tyler Endres | COO

The renegade, Tyler spends many late nights at the Arena keeping everything running smoothly and making sure our lights don't turn off, among other things. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) A hands-on kind of guy, he once built a WHOLE table.
Favorite Hero: Johanna

John Todd Christensen | Broadcasting Director

Bringing 6 years of experience to the team in broadcasting/film, JT makes the magic happen behind the screen. Well-known for the phrase, "Gazlowe is great", this should tell you everything you need to know about him.
Favorite Hero: Gazlowe

Sam Ward | Director of the Broadcasting Director

Previously studying broadcasting while employed in the events industry, Sam also works behind the scenes to create a professional broadcasting production. He's also a sneaky good artist (he drew us!) and is proficient in Photoshop. Likes to play OP heroes, 'cause he's a scoundrel.
Favorite Hero: Jaina

Sam Fry | V.P. of Operations

The titular "Nice Guy", Sam fry takes care of day-to-day Arena business. Part HR, part front-facing operations, and part turtle, he keeps everyone happy, whether they are eSports Arena team members or a guest walking through our doors.
Favorite Hero: Muradin

Tiffany "Tifa" Chiu | Director of Communications

Writer, streamer, hardcore gamer and "Skyring Slam Champion," Tifa is the head of organizing Heroes Rising and makes sure eSports Arena listens to and responds to the community. Lover of ice cream and chocolate's #1 fan, she will also be the host of the tournament!

Favorite Hero: Brightwing

Wade Radomske | Tournament Director

Former college soccer player and coach of a Halo 5 pro team, Wade is the organizer of many of our tournaments, including this one, the qualifiers and the Heroes Rising main tournament. Taking care of brackets, scheduling, and organizing the teams, he makes sure the event runs smoothly.
Favorite Hero: Malfurion

John "Mistax" Nguyen | eSports Manager

TeSPA organizer and Pro Heroes of the Storm hopeful, Mistax also works with Wade to organize this tournament, as well as coordinates with the teams.
Favorite Hero: Sgt. Hammer

Mellina "Mel" Kong | Community Manager

A Heroes of the Storm personality and streamer, Mel spreads the word about Heroes Rising and works with Tifa to make this a community event.
Favorite Hero: Sylvanas

Risks and challenges

This is a huge, huge project that we have decided to take on. There are plenty of things that could go wrong. Our internet could go down. Our T-shirt guy could decide he doesn't want to print our shirts anymore and go on a vacation to Cabo.

We just don't know.

However, we're confident that our team will be able to put on a production that everyone will enjoy. This is bigger than us. There's no room for failure. We'll do our best to make this the greatest crowdfunded event ever :)

Got suggestions or feedback? Post in the comment section or head on over to our AMA! https://www.reddit.com/r/heroesofthestorm/comments/3spd4e/hello_were_esports_arena_and_we_just_launched/

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    GAZLOWE'S TURRETS

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    UTHER'S HAMMER

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    + Receive a limited edition Heroes Rising T-Shirt acquired exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign.

    **The first 100 backers (including the tiers from below) will get your name printed on the shirt!

    Pickup your shirt at the Arena during the tournament or we will ship it to you after.

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    TYRAEL'S WINGS

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    + Submit a 7 second vine to be played during the broadcast. We will pre-approve these so no inappropriate content please!

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    BRIGHTWING'S PIXIE DUST

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    + Our casters, Gillyweed and Zoia will personally write a haiku for you based on any theme you choose.

    The casters will thank you as an elite supporter and perform your Haiku on stream.

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    JAINA'S WATER ELEMENTAL

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    + Shirt signed by your team of choice
    + VIP Swag Bag
    + Entry to a VIP Meet and Greet before the start of the tournament!

    Hang out with all your favorite players, casters and other talent!

    Travel arrangements not included.

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    KAEL'THAS' PHOENIX

    Includes everything above for TWO!
    + Private dinner for you and your friend the day after the tournament with the eSports Arena team including CEO Paul Ward and COO Tyler Endres. Dinner's on us!

    Pick our brains about our startup, voice your opinions, find out more about the eSports industry and endure Tyler's awkward jokes.

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