Heyyo, bunch of outdated stuff below. For SSL8 news, take a look over at this post
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First off, what the hell is SOSPA? Created by the Afreeca BJ (Broadcasting Jockey) Sonic, SOSPA's original purpose was a sort of a joke/parody of KeSPA. Currently, the main function of SOSPA is providing a ranking of players who participate in Sonic's various events/tournies.
Events? Tournies?? Yep! Sonic organizes and hosts these tournies/events on a regular basis for the SOSPA players. Currently there are five main things he organizes that count toward SOSPA ranking:
King of the Hill - Self-explanatory. The more you win, the more money you get!
Sonic All-stars vs Clan/Team/Country/Anything - Basically, Sonic assembles a team of whoever is available vs any team that takes up the challenge. 6v6 All-kill format. Usually there is some amount of Balloons at stake here (like 1k Balloons, which is 100k won)
BJ Ranking Tourney - Basically a normal tournament, but unsponsored. Smaller prize pool.
Starleague - A tournament that has a sponsor. Bigger prize pool!
Event matches - Usually BoX between two players
In addition to those, a SOSPA Proleague is in the works, complete with sponsored teams and salaried players!
My god, where can I watch them?!?!! Two methods: [*]Go to afreeca.com and use the web player! It's super easy, just install whatever it wants you to and it should be fine :D [*]If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the free Afreeca app and watch it anywhere through that. There is a guide at the bottom of this post detailing how to use the Android Afreeca Mobile app.
How can I help??? Afreeca streamers make money by cashing in Balloons or Stickers they receive from their viewers. Sonic also runs/manages an online store called "신발팜" (Shoe Farm), and making a purchase through that would also help him. Unfortunately, I believe this is out of the question for most people
So, the best way to show your support to Sonic and other BW Broadcasters is to watch their stream and "Recommend" (give 추천) it (explained in the Afreeca Mobile section below). It'll boost the BJ's ranking, and to more exposure.
So yea, that's the gist of SOSPA!! Now .. onto some news of some recent things
Korean Air ONGAMENET Starleague 2010 Dual Tournament
MBC GAME Hana-Daetoo MSL 2010
MBC GAME ABCMart MSL 2011
SK Planet Pro League Season1 2011
Sonic All-stars vs jat clan I heard was pretty good, ending with Killer beasting it up at the end. I haven't seen it yet, but I think it should be shown on the rerun
Killer won the most recent (9th) Ranking Tourney against .. some terran in a very close series 4-3.
A SOSPA website is supposed to go up sometime in the future. Not sure of the details.
Sonic sometimes does fun/random shit instead of broadcasting leagues. Most recently, he broadcasted him playing while Mong "coached" him (i.e. cussing at him a lot lolol)[
I would like to note that, a lot of these things are personally funded by Sonic himself. He is the owner/manager of a fairly successfuly online store called 신발팜 (Shoe Farm) and he uses the profits to help fund a lot of these things. Sonic really does love Broodwar
For those of you who can read/comprehend Korean, you can visit Sonic's Afreeca page for his announcements. It'll be better than relying on my shoddy summarizations of these things heh
Many thanks to my friend John who really helped me out with this! Couldn't have done this without you
Find the search bar, highlighted in the picture. With this method, you can be more specific with your search. Type in whatever. In this case, I plugged in Sonic's Afreeca ID "sogoodtt". Some other popular streams are "h78rt" (Killer) "aiseiteru99" (Hiya) "cksgmldbs" (Mong), etc etc.
If you typed it in correctly and they're online, you should get a result like this. Notice how of the 3 results, there's one w/ a different view count. That's a "Relay Room", which is created when a broadcaster's room is full. You can use this search method to find a broadcaster's relay room when their main room is full.
So you wanna watch the broadcast, but you don't know what to click. There are three different things you can click
Clicking on the image to the left will initiate the broadcast. Once you click on it, the Broadcast window should go black and start loading. Ads need to load before you can watch a stream, and it can take a looooooooooong time to load. Make sure you have ad-block turned off.
The two buttons highlighted on the bottom do two different things. The left button will take you to the BJ's home page. The right button will give you 3 more options: -Top button is "Pop-up" which spawns another Afreeca player, with less options. -Second button is PIP, which spawns another broadcast within the broadcast you are already watching. Broadcastception -Third button is "Mini-Mode", which is pretty much the same thing as the pop-up player ..
5. The Broadcast itself - Supporting the Broadcaster via "Recommend" + Show Spoiler +
I feel this particular tidbit deserves a section by itself, because this is the best way one can support.
The "Recommend" button is the one highlighted in the picture. You can give it to each BJ once a day. If your popup blocker is off, then it will pop up a window giving you the option to post on the broadcaster's msg board (you can't anyways lol).
Doing this on a regular basis will increase the broadcaster's ranking, and exposure. If you want to support, but don't have money to give, this is the best way to do it.
There are numbers top-left of each thing that I will explain
1 - Logout 2 - Toggles chat box on and off 3 - Toggles Broadcast list on and off 4 - Title of the broadcast 5 - BJ's Afreeca ID 6 - Information about the Broadcast, comes up if you move your mouse over the stream. In the order, its: -Views by PC, Mobile, Relay Room, and total viewers that watched since it started. -Then it the 2000k is the quality. -Then it shows the resolution of the Broadcast. -And finally, it shows which date the broadcast was started, and for how long it's been running 7 - Aspect ratio options 8 - Stop player 9 - Sound Control 10 - Give Balloons (money required) 11 - Give Stickers (Money required) 12 - Give Recommend (Boosts ranking, no money required) 13 - Add to bookmarks/favorites 14 - Previously seen Broadcast history 15 - Users who are viewer, sorted by ID and then their nickname 16 - Chat room 17 - chat box
On the "Broadcast List" box, you notice there's a second tab "즐겨찾기" That's your bookmarks/favorites list
It'll show all your favorites that are online, and the offline ones too. The button by the Refresh button top right, "목록편집" will toggle the ability to delete streams from your favorites. To delete, click on the grey circle w/ an x in it on the top right of the stream preview image.
Afreeca is a P2P based connection system, instead of a server-based. The more viewers there are, the more chatting there's going on, the further away you are from Korea, the laggier your stream is gonna be. Unless you have a fucken boss internet, lag will be unavoidable w/ the more popular streams.
Prime time Afreeca is night-late night at Korea. There are some BJs who leave a restream on 24/7 or play/stream at weird hours, but most of them don't stream until that time.
If you wanna chat and stuff, you have to verify yourself by sending an ID to Afreeca. I haven't bothered doing this myself, so I don't know all the details
This is what you should see when you first launch it. The icon on the left is for Broadcasting, and the icon on the right is for watching Broadcasts. For the purposes of this guy, just select the right one.
I don't really feel like translating these atm (sleepy @_@). Basically its the sponsor/team name (for now), and then the parantheses indicates what kind of sponsor it is. 쇼핑몰스폰 = shopping mall sponsor, 웹하드스폰 = online web-based file storage site sponsor, 컴퓨터스폰 = computer ..? assuming its a store or something sponsoring, 개인스폰 = a person sponsoring
On September 09 2012 19:50 Birdie wrote: Yes! This is awesome :D
'7th Sonic TV Starleague' what were the other 6 like?
I haven't seen them myself, but let's just say "awesome"
On September 09 2012 19:53 endy wrote: Wow it looks like a real alternative scene is developing. As usual, what can I do to support them ? Do they take donations ?
Thank you for sharing this !
Afreeca BJs earn money through "Balloons" and "Stickers", which the viewers buy and then give to various BJs at their own discretion. I'm not sure if foreigners can buy those things though, so yea idk how you can support financially,
The only way I can think of to support Sonic is to make an Account (foreigners can make acc on Afreeca ezpz, but someone has to make a guide first I guess), and give him 추천 (reccomendation) to boost his ranking, which can be done through the mobile app if you are logged in.
Last edit: 2012-09-09 20:01:58
iLoveKT Philippines. September 09 2012 19:57. Posts 3241
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HaFnium United Kingdom. September 09 2012 20:10. Posts 767
I'm going to sleep now, but tomorrow I'll be working on a guide on how to make an Afreeca account. It'll be helpful for those who have a smartphone/tablet and want to support by giving Sonic or other Starcraft BJs 추천 (boosts ranking), and also for those others who want to buy a foreigner pass.
This may take a while though, so if anyone beats me to the punch, you're welcome to do so.