Contest - Day 1: Want to get into the Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta?


Howdy, Polynauts. How many of you are competitive gamers and love a good old team brawler? That's how Blizzard refers to the self-titled genre in which Heroes of the Storm exists, and we have 1,000 keys to the closed beta to give away.

If you're not entirely sure what the game is, Polygon spoke to Blizzard last May about finding the heart of the game that would become HotS, and you can read more about the game here.


A successful entry into the contest will result in you — that's right, you — acquiring a key to the closed beta for Heroes of the Storm. That's what you're here for, right? Check out the following video to get a feel for the closed beta.


Each weekday we're going to give out 200 keys, and to enter you'll need to comment on this post in the allotted time below. We'll then lock the comments for a short period while we pick 200 that replied with the correct answer to a specific question and send those keys over the morning after.

Here's the schedule for the days ahead:

  • Codes 1-200: Tuesday, Jan. 20 : 3 p.m. ET - 3 a.m. ET
  • Codes 201-400: Wednesday, Jan. 21: 3 p.m. ET - 3 a.m. ET
  • Codes 401-600: Thursday, Jan. 22: 3 p.m. ET - 3 a.m. ET
  • Codes 601-800: Friday, Jan. 23: 12 3 p.m. ET - 3 a.m. ET
  • Codes 801-1,000: Saturday, Jan. 24: 12 3 p.m. ET - 3 a.m. ET


The contest ends when all 1,000 codes are delivered, and no later than Jan. 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. ET. Winners will receive their codes via moderator message on site. When you log in, you'll see a pop-up with your code. Redeem that in your Blizzard account to get started. It's your responsibility to redeem the code. If for some reason you dismiss that screen, then contact us from your registered email, and we'll redeliver to your account.


There’s no excuse to try and cheat to get multiple keys — we can spot cheaters a mile off. If you make two accounts to try and make multiple entries, we’ll disqualify you. Be cool with your entry, but be fair to everyone else. Everyone gets the same chance.


Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above.

How to Enter: To enter the Contest, you must (a) be a registered user of Polygon, and (b) submit an original entry in response to the Contest Post in accordance with the instructions and standards set forth above. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person/e-mail address during the Entry Period. The receipt of Entries will not be acknowledged.

This contest is only open to inhabitants of the United States of America. Please note: Polygon has a 24 hour waiting period before new accounts are able to comment. If you're registering as a new member today you won't be able to enter until tomorrow, however there are 1,000 codes available so please don't panic.

Employees, independent contractors, interns, officers, directors, and agents of Sponsor, other companies associated with the Contest, the judges, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, and children, and their respective spouses) and household members of any of the foregoing are not eligible to enter. In some contests Polygon moderators will be eligible for entry, as they are volunteers and receive no renumeration for their community service — but only if the judgement is based upon a community vote. Should the decision rest with the community manager then moderators will be ineligible for entry.

As is always the case here giveaways of products are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products as per the Polygon Ethics Statement.

Again, you're allowed one entry, any attempts to cheat and/or make a second account will be spotted a mile off. But you wouldn't cheat, would you?


In 2013 there were between 80 and 90 developers inside Blizzard working on the game. Roughly how many developers were working on the game by May 2014?

Answers below, and put in spoiler text by highlighting your text and clicking the black box above the text entry field.


Yes! For more information on the game you can follow @BlizzHeroes on Twitter and Facebook. You can watch more HotS videos by subscribing to Blizzards YouTube channel, and get even more information at the official website.

Good luck, Heroes. If you have any questions direct them to shaun@polygon(dot)com and I'll get you an answer. Just no sports questions, okay?