The 2023 Hearthstone esports program has players up in arms

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The 2023 Hearthstone esports program has players up in arms

The Hearthstone team has announced the return of Hearthstone esports for 2023 to celebrate ten years of competitive play, but many pro players are unhappy with the changes. Compared with previous years, the 2023 season is significantly smaller and has an extremely reduced prize pool provision.

The plan for the 2023 Hearthstone esports season is laid out in an official blog post on the Hearthstone website, and it breaks down exactly how players in both standard and Battlegrounds can earn points and qualify for tournaments. There are seven tournaments in total this year: three Masters Tour Seasonal Championships, three Battlegrounds Lobby Legends tournaments, and the 2023 World Championships.

The blog post says that the season has been scaled down for “sustainability” as Hearthstone esports enters its tenth year, but pro players aren’t happy with the changes. Not only are there fewer opportunities for pros to compete, but the only events with prize pools are the Lobby Legends tournaments, with a pool of $50 thousand, and the World Championships, which offers a prize pool of $500 thousand between eight players.

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