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S2 Games’ Heroes of Newerth Joins Top eSports League North American Star League

HoN Becomes 2nd Title to Join NASL as 8 Teams Compete for $40K Cash Prize

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Heroes of Newerth (HoN), the session-based, multiplayer, action-RPG developed by independent game developer S2 Games, will join professional eSports League North American Star League (NASL) as a promotional title beginning October 5 for its Season 2 competition. North American Star League is one of the largest eSports broadcasters in the world. It caters to more than 50 of the world’s most elite eSports players, and will now include Heroes of Newerth amongst them.

“HoN is a very competitive game by nature, and there is no better way to up the ante within the eSports community then by joining the North American Star League,” said S2 Games CEO and co-founder Marc DeForest. “The selected teams are compiled of some of the top players in the world and we can’t wait to see what they do when pitted against each other.”

Eight of the world’s best Heroes of Newerth teams have been invited to compete this season. The first week of the season, between October 5 – 8, teams will face off in “showmatches” for $1,000 per match. The teams will then compete in a 5v5 round-robin style tournament with the top four teams flying out to the live finals, taking place on December 2 – 4 at an undisclosed location in Southern California. All of the NASL HoN action will be casted by Nick “BreakyCPK” Caras, Phil “The_Thrill” Haller, and other well-known guest casters.

“We are excited to strengthen our broadcast reach to include a title as compelling as Heroes of Newerth, and to be working with S2 Games, an organization as committed as we are to foster the growth of eSports,” said Russell Pfister, North American Star League CEO.

In the coming weeks, S2 Games and North American Star League will be revealing the competing eight teams. Stay tuned for more details.

HoN, which went free-to-play in July, has seen tremendous growth with nearly 1 million new accounts created since implementing the structural changes. The downloadable session-based, multiplayer, action-RPG is available on Mac, Linux and PC. To learn more about HoN or to create an account and download the game, visit .

About S2:

S2 Games is an independent game publisher and developer with a mission to identify, develop, evolve and unleash the future of online multiplayer games. Since its inception in 2003, S2 has been focused on driving innovation into the global online game space, through identifying and solving industry issues, listening closely to its passionate gamer base and incorporating features that gamers truly want.

Active in sponsoring and helping drive many global tournaments, S2 is focused on providing the best online and multiplayer gaming experience, and opportunities for its fans to shine. For more information about S2, please visit .

About North American Star League:

Based in Southern California, the North American Star League is the premiere eSports broadcaster in the world. Its goal is to expand and elevate eSports awareness and participation worldwide. The NASL is renowned for broadcasting high-definition, high quality eSports league events involving games such as StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty and Heroes of Newerth. With broadcasts 5 days per week during seasons of competition, live events, and several seasons of content per year, the NASL provides viewers with a multitude of viewing opportunities.