The collegiate-level Heroes of the Dorm tournament will return for a 2017 season, and will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
Like the event's two previous iterations, collegiate teams will compete for the grand prize of paid college tuition. The Blizzard release noted that a total over over $500,000 in prizing and scholarships will be awarded in 2017.
In previous years, the event has broadcast the Heroic Four and grand finals on ESPN2. A spokesperson for Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed to theScore esports that the streaming partnership is exclusive to Facebook Live for 2017.
In addition to the returning Bracket Challenge, 2017's competition features another way for fans to become more invested in the results: a new Pick 'em Challenge. The new contest allows fans to pick a specific team on which to pin their hopes for the whole competition.
Last year, Arizona State University was able to claim the grand prize. The team featured several players with competitive experience including Michael "MichaelUdall" Udall, Stefen "akaface" Anderson and Austin "Shot" Lonsert. For the event's 2017 iteration, players must choose to compete in either Dorm or the newly-established Heroes Global Championship Pro League.
Signups for the tournament are already open on the event's website. The group stages are set to begin in mid-February, while the round of 64 will begin on Mar. 18 and the Heroic Four and National Championship will be held on Apr. 8.
Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.