Blizzard’s IP rights war against Korean broadcast companies has claimed yet another victim. E-Stars Seoul, in a show of solidarity with KeSPA, is removing Blizzard games from its tournament in August.
E-Stars has become one of the biggest international esports tournaments in Korea, producing some superb WC3 and SCBW matches in the past. But, due to the fall-out between Blizzard and KeSPA, OGN and MBC, E-Stars 2011 will be a pure Counter-Strike event. The prize money from Blizzard titles will apparently be funnelled back into CS. There are also suggestions that the unusual, gimmicky format will be dropped this year, with the organisers possibly seeing an opportunity to make E-Stars a major CS tournament in lieu of the RTS action.
The news is disappointing for Korean esports, however, with CS being very much a lesser game. The Blizzard vs KeSPA fight continues to cause problems for the so-called Mecca of esports, with WCG recently appearing to put themselves on the side of the other broadcasters. Although nothing is official yet, there is a distinct possibility that Blizzard games will not be appearing at that event either.
Sad to see another tournament fall to the KeSPA vs Blizzard war, it's really having a toll on korean e-sports.
It is known for a fact that it is due to the lawsuit or just speculation? I haven't seen any hard evidence that it is directly due to the lawsuit. (I am sure it is, but who knows, the translation in the above link has it mentioned but I am not sure how bluntly it was mentioned.)
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Brood War forever!
eviltomahawk United States. March 03 2011 02:42. Posts 8897
Great scott. This is certainly not a good year for the Korean e-sports scene despite SC2 exploding everywhere else in the world.
I think Blizzard made a huge mistake with their lawsuit. They were planning on using the specter of the lawsuit to pressure KeSPA into agreeing with their terms, and when KeSPA called the bluff, Blizzard unfortunately showed that they weren't bluffing. I wish the lawsuit card was never played in the first place. Many more months of stalled negotiations is much better than what we have now.
Although it is sad for eSports you have to realise Blizzard is a full-fledged company and they have to protect their rights. We're talking THOUSANDS of jobs here and hundreds of familis tepending on Blizzard's income every month. I feel a lot of people support kespa because of loyalty and fail to see the biggure picture. In a perfect world they would respect the authority of the figure providing the IPs. Either way, as I said, sad for eSports but Blizz is losing a ton of money from KESPA and that's a lot of money that doesn't go towards the development of our favorite games.
KingRajesh United States. March 03 2011 02:53. Posts 921
Kespa continuing its arrogance. They feel like Blizzard needs them since Korea used to be the e-sports capital of the world. Guess they haven't kept track of tournaments everywhere else... they are not as important as they used to be.
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Th1rdEye United States. March 03 2011 02:54. Posts 809
Although this does really seem bad, you have to realize that this is how the world works. One day you have a beautiful flower, and then the next it is dead and wilted. You feel sad--until you notice a new flower in its spot the next day...
Things like this will happen. I see it as a good thing for the CS community because honestly, as PC gamers, we need to keep PC gaming alive. Xbox controls alllll nowwwww... which means that the less money they make for PC gaming, the less they have to produce parts, and evnetually down the line there wont be games for PC anymore
edit: CS community is kinda dying. That's a huge amount of people =p
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Zrana United Kingdom. March 03 2011 02:57. Posts 675
On March 03 2011 03:01 lolbolt wrote: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THAT MEANS WE WON'T GET TO SEE TOSSGIRL PLAY
Indeed. The lack of Tossgirl is the biggest loss considering that she is secretly the real Protoss bonjwa.
Anyways, I think the fact that this thread was posted in the SC2 section only means that the anti-KeSPA opinions will outnumber the anti-Blizzard opinions. The opposite would probably happen if it was posted in the BW forum, which I think would be a more logical choice considering that this mainly has the greatest effect on BW, not SC2.