Anyway, let's summarize what's been going on recently.
- Negotiations Began on July 23rd. KeSPA and Gretech form an NDA on the 9th.
- The parties involved are KOCCA (Korean Creative Contents Agency), representatives from SKT, KT, and Woongjin, and a representative from the KeSPA executive office. They are negotiating with Gretech.
- 4 meetings total. The 4th meeting did not go well.
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"Things Said by People"
Each bullet point represents statements said by one personnel. Basically, this is all the info we have regarding negotiations.
- On the 26th, the 4th negotiation meeting with KeSPA and Gretech took place. While the first three meetings went smoothly and there were hopes that the 4th meeting would finally end the problem, the opposite situation happened. GSL was the center of the problem, because starting with October, the schedules would conflict with the Proleague. GSL takes place from Monday to Friday, and Proleague goes from Saturday to Wednesday -- Monday and Tuesday's prime time slots became the main cause of the problem.
- "Unlike the last three meetings, there were a lot of demands that was not understandable, but we tried to understand and just let it go. It looks like it was difficult to accept "demands" that didn't have clear guidelines or direction, saying that KeSPA should figure it out for themselves". "It's hard to look at the one sided and coercive demands as negotiations" [Someone well informed with KeSPA]
- "While we did give an opinion in that pressing time, rather than asking for a specific amount, we asked for the smooth operation of both leagues" "From Gretech's perspective, they would need to be careful about everything, so rather than giving guidelines, they considered actualizing a proposal that will permit the greatest degree of freedom rather than suggesting a guideline." [Someone well informed with Gretech]
- "While it could be rooted in the buried emotions they have against one another, I think Gretech was a bit hasty in this case. In order to have a smooth negotiations, the parties need to exchange opinions carefully. Within this process, their demands regarding GSL and moving Proleague's schedule was enough to create a problem"
- "In the past, there was a case where Gretech's Gom Classic was boycotted. I wonder if this was something done to minimize that kind of damages. It's likely a policy to have their Starcraft 2 league operate safely"
- The two Fomos articles, representing more sides of the picture. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=148991
- Negotiations supposedly ended with "If we understand correctly, Gretech's demands are saying that, because the 7 year old Proleague does not benefit the company, thus, Gretech wants to get rid of it", with Gretech's side responding "That is correct"
- KT's representative that partook in the negotiations: "We once again confirmed that Gretech does not have any desire to negotiate as they deny the existence of Progame teams and the Proleague"
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So, piecing it together, this is how I imagine the negotiations to have went.
- First three negotiations went okay.
- In the fourth negotiation, KeSPA asks Gretech how much they want. Gretech, rather than answering with an amount, they say they want an "Harmonious operation of both leagues"
- Gretech wants Proleague's prime time slots. KeSPA finds this ridiculous.
- Gretech is then wondering how KeSPA will reimburse the GSL, since the Proleague will "compete" with it and damage it. KeSPA responds that they refuse to reimburse damages for the GSL. Gretech asks if it's not monetary, in what other way will KeSPA pay for damages. KeSPA says they're here to talk about the Proleague, not about GSL and Starcraft 2
- Gretech refuses to sign off on the Proleague because it will compete with the GSL. KeSPA asks to confirm if Gretech is killing Proleague off because it does not benefit Gretech. Gretech answers yes. Negotiations end.
- KeSPA will be going on with the next season of Proleague, regardless of negotiations. Gretech's personnel responds that KeSPA will not avoid a lawsuit if this happens.
- SKT, KT, STX, Woongjin, and "Many others" are forming an "Anti Blizzard" Line. Players under those companies are not allowed to partake in SC2 events. They block OGN from broadcasting the GSL through the board of directors. Apparently, they're trying to get all the progame teams to unify.
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