George Connolly, a King’s School Pupil in year 10, flew to Los Angeles to compete in the Hearthstone World Championship Tour for Europe. In this tournament the top 8 players, who qualified through initial preliminary rounds at venues across Europe, went to compete for their share in $100,000 and their place at Blizzcon in November to play for $1,000,000 Prize Pool
Hearthstone is a strategy card game developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company that made the World of Warcraft series along with the New First Person Shooter “Overwatch.”
Hearthstone has 50 million players/accounts worldwide and a large “professional” base with certain players earning hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in prizes and salaries from eSport teams.
As George had qualified through the preliminaries, a tournament between the top 160 players across Europe, in which George got to the top 8, he had his chance to compete in Log Angeles as the only ever British representative to get to this stage of the tournament, which would be broadcast on Twitch TV (a streaming platform) for upwards of 100,000 live viewers.
In preparation George practiced with some of the best tournament players in the world. Before the event George had been in contact with Professional Gaming teams also.
The event was a success as George managed to get to the quarter finals of the event and get $5,000 along with more points towards similar tournaments later in the year.
Even though he didn’t manage to get his spot at Blizzcon this time, he will have 2 more chances later this year before Blizzcon in November.