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Blizzard offers $45K in prizes to the best Blizzard streamers

Blizzard and Twitch are teaming up to offer the first Blizzard Stream Awards. The companies will reward the best video content creators that focus on Blizzard games with cash prizes.

The Blizzard Stream awards span 14 categories that range across Blizzard’s four franchises: Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. Half of the category winners are determined by hard numbers, measuring factors like total hours streamed, while others will be voted on by the community.

The prizes will be taken from a pool of $45,000 and distributed evenly to each category. To be nominated, the content creator must be a Twitch partner streamer that streamed game content from a Blizzard title between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Voting for the seven poll categories begins on Wednesday, February 5. The categories fans can vote on are:

Best Community Channel of 2013

Favorite Diablo III Stream

Favorite Hearthstone Stream

Favorite New Streamer of 2013

Favorite StarCraft II Stream

Favorite WoW Stream

Most Educational Stream

The winners will be announced on February 7 on Blizzard’s community site.