Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm launches

Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm launches in eSports event in Versailles

Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm launches in Versailles and gameplay servers go live on Blizzard's first expansion for award-winning RTS game

Prepare for the Zerg rush. Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm, the first expansion pack for Blizzard's award-winning Real Time Strategy (RTS) game has launched off the back of an eSports extravaganza in Versailles.

Heart Of The Swarm's new gameplay was shown off in front of a packed crowd and over 100,000 viewers online. ESports professionals,Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen, Ilyes 'Stephano' Stephano, Aleksey 'White Ra' Krupnyk and Pedro 'LucifroN' Moreno Duran competed in the Starcraft 2 Heart Of The Swarm Invitational with the tournament's underdog, Grubby, eventually defeating White Ra in the final by two games to one. Usually, eSports players walk away from tournaments with a respectable amounts of cash in their wallets, although today, for the game's launch, they've only won the respect of a slightly overheated crowd.

The new expansion features a new units and a lengthy list of new gameplay mechanics and tactical opportunities and is sure to keep the Starcraft 2 faithful glued to their high-end PCs long into the night. At the time of this writing, servers for Europe, Asia and Australia are now online. North American players will have to wait a little while longer...