Following the competition at BlizzCon 2019, the manager of Method talked about how poorly the competition was handled by Blizzard and wanted to raise awareness of how neglected the competitive WoW scene is.
The World of Warcraft competition was supposed to feature a $500,000 prize pool at BlizzCon directly from Blizzard.
For the first time ever, the community was also able to add to the total prize pool through the sales of World of Warcraft merchandise, which added $660,000 to the pool.
In a turn of events, it was revealed that more than $1 million that was expected would not be the actual prize pool, instead the community funding would be all that professional players were competing for.
The manager believes that the explanation why Blizzard pulled $500,000 from the pool is that “Blizzard couldn’t allow World of Warcraft to have bigger individual prize pools than Hearthstone Grandmasters, Overwatch World Cup, or StarCraft 2.”
In comparison, the Hearthstone scene saw a $500,000 prize pool as Xiaomeng "VKLiooon" Li was crowned the first female champion and took home $200,000.
The 2019 Overwatch World Cup prize pool was undisclosed, and the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series Global Finals had a $700,000 prize pool.
It’s not the best year for Blizzard. Now that BlizzCon has passed and a bunch of games got announced, how are you feeling about them?