Dear teamliquid.net users,
This is Mr. Chae, Director of GSL.
It is my honor to bring you one of the best news we had this year.
In 2011, a lot of players made a name for themselves in the GSL and GSTL. These now star players were able to deliver excellent performances in tournaments all over the world and showcase their outstanding skills and understanding of the game.
Do you remember the 2011 GSL October Finals at Blizzcon? It was our first attempt at a GSL Grand Final overseas and turned out to be a great success, receiving an overwhelmingly good response from our international fans.
At GOMTV we do our best to globalize StarCraft II and e-Sports and always try to find new ways to provide teams and players with new opportunities and a stable environment.
This year we changed the formats of the GSL and GSTL to provide a system that would always ensure the best performances of every team and player. What I will announce today is yet another way of inspiring the players to show us the best they got.
As you might remember, earlier this year I mentioned in an interview that I will have very exciting news regarding GSTL. The 2012 GSTL Season 1 is currently in the Round of 8 Pennant Race stage. As of now we can’t be sure which teams will advance to the playoffs and finals. It is exciting to watch and cheer for the teams that are currently doing their absolute best to advance further in the tournament. And now, the teams will have yet another incentive to try their hardest in the GSTL.
The 2012 GSTL Season 1 Finals will be held in Las Vegas, USA, together with IPL 4.
Las Vegas, the stage of dreams for every sports event in the world, will be visited by our two finalist teams of the GSTL. Furthermore, the StarCraft II part of IPL 4 will be produced by GOMTV together with IPL, with the final day of the event (Sunday April 8th) being additionally broadcasted with Korean commentary for the Korean audience.
GOMTV is looking forward to a long-term cooperation with North America’s premier league, IPL, in 2012 and beyond. Last year in September I attended IPL 3 and talked a lot with IPL’s General Manager David Ting. I was very impressed with IPL’s perspective on e-Sports and their highly skilled and passionate staff and felt that GOMTV and IPL share a common goal and vision.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank David Ting who put in a lot of time and effort into making this cooperation happen.
Hosting the GSTL Finals in Las Vegas will be a big challenge for GOMTV. Our experienced and trusty GSL production crew will fly over to Las Vegas to ensure highest quality entertainment and will work hard to help provide the best tournament experience possible.
We would like to ask to ask all fans of GSL and GSTL to cheer for GOMTV and IPL and hope everyone will enjoy the show!
In order to make the GSTL Finals in Las Vegas possible the GSL and GSTL schedule has been adjusted as follows:
You may find more information on IPL4 on the Official Homepage or Liquipedia
Additional information on the GSTL can be found at GOMTV.net or Liquipedia