Five Mavericks Just Won College Tuition at Heroes of the Dorm®

A sharp performance in the finals of the Heroes of the Storm®
competition catapults the University of Texas at Arlington to the top of
collegiate esports

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–College esports was the winner as the University of Texas at Arlington
went all in to take the Heroes of the Dorm® National
Championship in Las Vegas, sweeping Louisiana State University to claim
the top prize of full tuition for each of its five players for the
remainder of their college careers. UT Arlington’s squad triumphed by
going 29-0 in the most competitive Heroes of the Dorm yet, as this
year’s tournament featured additional stages of intense
competition leading up to the climactic Heroic Four.

Regardless of talent selections or Battleground choices, UT Arlington
stayed aggressive, punishing opponents for every mistake with multiple
takedowns. The undefeated run did a lot to erase the sting of last
year’s bitter loss to Arizona State University in the National
Championship, and UT Arlington’s focus was the dominant theme in the
2017 Heroic Four.

“All of us want to continue going forward as a team and see what we can
do off the momentum of this win,” said team captain Yusuf ‘Kure’ Sunka.
“Last year a couple members of ASU, they went on to succeed in HGC off
of the momentum of their win. So we’re looking to do the same thing:
keep maturing as a team and this is only a first step for us.”

“Congratulations to the 2017 Heroes of the Dorm, UT Arlington, for an
awesome run through this year’s tournament,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The teams competing represent the
future of competitive gaming, and it’s been a thrill seeing them in
action. We appreciate all the students and college sports fans who
participated in this year’s competition, and we’re looking forward to
even more Heroes of the Storm® esports leading up to BlizzCon
this November.”

Collegiate esports fans contributed to the excitement around Heroes of
the Dorm by submitting thousands of entries for the 2017 Bracket
Challenge and the all-new Pick ‘Em Challenge. The top entry in the
Bracket Challenge is set to receive $10,000. The Pick ‘Em Challenge let
participants choose one of the Heroic Four teams and rewarded them with
as many as seven Heroes of the Storm Stimpacks—which provide an
experience and gold boost when playing the game—based on how well their
team performed.

This year’s tournament was streamed exclusively via Facebook Live on the
Heroes of the Storm Esports Facebook page—where fans can also go back to
relive all of the action of the tournament, including the dramatic
Heroic Four.

The University of Texas at Arlington has claimed the Heroes of the Dorm
National Championship, but collegiate esports continues in 2017 with
several events in the Tespa Collegiate Series, including the Hearthstone®
National Championship and the Overwatch® Training Grounds,
still to come. Visit the official website at
for more information.

About Heroes of the Storm®

Heroes of the Storm brings together a diverse cast of iconic
characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and
fantasy, including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®,
Overwatch®, and Diablo®
universes. Across the Battlegrounds of the Nexus, teams of five players
come together to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles where only
coordination, teamwork, and strategy can win the day. To learn more
about Heroes of the Storm, head over to the official website

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®,
Overwatch®, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®,
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (,
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year
awards. The company’s online-gaming service is one of the largest in the
world, with millions of active players.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution

About Tespa

Tespa is the premier college gaming network in North America, dedicated
to creating a home for gamers on every campus. Recognized as the leader
in college esports, Tespa cultivates student communities that host epic
gaming events on campuses in the United States and Canada, and plans to
distribute more than $800,000 in scholarship prizing in 2017 through
intercollegiate leagues. Tespa has had more than 5000 teams from more
than 1200 universities compete in its college tournaments and has
empowered student leaders to become entrepreneurs in the gaming industry.

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