Being announced only in 2013, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a friendly yet competitive online collectible card game that revolves around turn-based matches between two opposing Heroes. With its release onto the iPad earlier this year, Hearthstone is the first professionally competitive game that can be played on a tablet. The iPhone, Android and Windows 8 versions are planned to be released later in 2014. Hearthstone has a vast amount of cards to choose from when making a competitive deck, ensuring that each match will be unique and engaging for both players. Hearthstone’s growing popularity with gamers in all realms of gaming has made Hearthstone a melting pot of people and their interests. We are excited to allow high school students to compete against other schools through this exciting game.
League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game which has revolutionized the genre and skyrocketed the world of eSports into the attention of mainstream audiences. Tremendously popular due to its combination of casual gaming options and professional leagues, League of Legends has amassed the largest player base in the world of any game to date. Through teamwork, communication, and precise coordination, two team, battle for control of a symmetrical battle arena. League of Legends not only provides a digital environment for competition, it also creates a unity between players far and wide which transcends the online world and helps creates tangible bonds in the real world through organizations like high school clubs.
Since 1998, the StarCraft franchise has been at the forefront of the eSports scene and was one of the first games in which many skilled professional players could support themselves by playing full time. As a Real-Time Strategy game, StarCraft rewards intelligence, decisiveness, and speed. The game is often compared to speed chess due to the infinite strategic depth created through the diverse array of player choices and random circumstances of every match, guaranteeing a unique game experience and unique challenges every time. From its rich back-story and single-player campaign, to the professional competitive matches televised in Korea and streamed around the world, StarCraft II is a blank canvas to open any who would accept its daring call.
In Dota 2 teams of five “heroes” battle in three lanes, alongside waves of computer controlled creatures with the objective of destroying the opposing team’s main base or “Ancient”. The game has a rich history of high level competition for over ten years - extending all the way back to its roots as the WarCraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients. Dota 2 continues to be one of the premier games on the international stage of electronic sports and has contributed greatly to the rise of competitive eSports since the first International in Cologne, Germany. As a team game, Dota 2 is extremely reliant on communication, intelligent collaboration, and quick thinking, which makes an enjoyable challenge for players.