Blizzard has announced that the 2017 HCT Summer Championship will be held in Los Angeles. The venue will be its all new Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California. With multiple sound stages, control rooms, and practice facilities, Blizzard says the Arena was built to support competitive events year-round. It will also contain a Blizzard retail store that rotates stock for event attendees based on the competitions taking place at the time.
“We’re at a tipping point for esports and we look forward to helping usher in a new era of competition-based entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “As we open the doors of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and welcome fans from around the world, we’re honored to bring the best in Blizzard esports to the same stage that some of the biggest names in entertainment have called home.”
The first event at the venue will be October 7–8 with the Overwatch Contenders Season One Playoffs.
More details below.
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Rounding out the three seasons of competition for 2017, the Hearthstone® Championship Tour (HCT) will host its Summer Championship at the all-new Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.
Attendees can look forward to an intimate studio experience with their favorite players, casters, and several Blizzard developers at the third and final HCT event of the year, watching as four competitors punch their tickets to the Hearthstone World Championship in early 2018.
The Summer Championship will take place in the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. Both full weekend ($40 USD) and single day ($15 USD) tickets are available for purchase through Universe on a first-come, first-serve basis. All attendees will receive the Thrill of Victory card back, and full weekend (three day) ticket holders will also receive the HCT Year of the Mammoth duffel bag.
You can see the thrilling conclusion of the HCT Summer season from Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. PDT daily, and the broadcast begins at 8:30 a.m. PDT each day. Group stage matches will take place on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday will focus on the playoff bracket.
Unable to join us live? Tune in on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel!
The top four players from each region’s Summer Playoffs qualify for a spot in the Summer Championship. Once in California, those 16 players will battle in a dual tournament group stage, with the top two players from each group of four advancing to the single elimination playoff bracket. Additional format information can be found in the previous competitive season’s details update, and further HCT information can be found in the Official Rules.
The total prize pool for the Summer Championship is $250,000 USD.
The tavern experience is California bound – and we hope you’ll join us for the epic Summer Championship! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event, and let us know your thoughts on all things competitive Hearthstone via Twitter and Facebook using #HCT.
Blizzard Entertainment September 7, 2017
Blizzard esports competitions have a cutting-edge, live-event destination with the opening of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The Burbank, California venue was custom-designed and built with amenities to accommodate top esports competitors and their fans. With high profile events for Hearthstone esports and Overwatch esports already scheduled, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will be the hot destination for premier esports competition.
Multiple broadcasts and events can be run out of Blizzard Arena simultaneously, thanks to the multiple sound stages, control rooms and player lounges throughout the facility. The on-site Blizzard store will open during events and feature a rotating selection of gear and goods based on the event taking place at the time.
The Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will run the weekend of October 7–8 and serve as the grand opening event of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The top Overwatch Contenders teams from Europe and North America will arrive to battle over prize pools and regional dominance as they take center stage at the Arena.
On October 13, the Summer Championship for the Hearthstone Championship Tour takes over the Arena for a full weekend of championship competition with $250,000 on the line. The players left standing will be the final entrants in the Hearthstone World Championship, scheduled for early 2018.
When the Overwatch League launches later this year, Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will be the home for the inaugural season, bringing players and fans together for a celebration of professional Overwatch esports.
Tickets are available now for the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and the HCT Summer Championship.