Progamer turned popular BJ, Bisu - "My ideal type is Suzy"
Through his personal AfreecaTV broadcast The Revolutionist Kim Taek Yong has returned to his fans. With the after-taste of Bisus retirement still lingering esports fans were already reminiscing about his broodwar days.
After Bisu started his first broadcast on the 27th last month, esports fans flocked to watch it. The interest was so great that Bisu immediately made the top10 list on AfreecaTV.
His explosive popularity coming from being one of the most influential figurehead progamers of his time, the fans feel excitement just by hearing Bisu breathe on his personal broadcast. OSEN met with Bisu "The Revolutionist" last weekend.
"It seems as if I have become even busier after retiring. People close to me recommended that I should start my own AfreecaTV broadcast. I had stopped being a player but it was a question of how I could repay the fans for all the love and attention they had given me. I was honestly a bit hesitant as I felt like I had disappointed them when I was playing SC2, but ultimately it was rather because of this that I felt I had to repay them somehow."
Ex. progamers who started their own broadcast on AfreecaTV before Bisu are all caught up in the so-called Star-Balloon controversy. It does not matter what game they are from, StarCraft, WarCraft3, LOL etc. - the noise from viewers star balloon donations is unending if the broadcaster is an ex. progamer.
Rising immediately to the top of the Afreeca BJ lists and receiving overwhelmingly positive response, Bisu was expectedly immediately engulfed in this controversy, but his response was unexpectedly calm and composed. As he was responding to the fans' contributions he was both apologizing and thanking them at the same time.
"I did not start broadcasting for star balloons, but inwardly there is an addiction of course. Nevertheless I absolutely did not begin doing this for star balloons. They gave me so much I was completely taken aback. It hasn't been that long since I started broadcasting but after checking how much they have given me it really is quite a lot. I gratefully accept what is given to me but I cannot help feeling sorry as well. Sometimes when my performance isn't up to scratch after preparing and starting my broadcast this makes me rather upset. Although I'm just an ordinary person, no longer a progamer, there seems to be a competitive instinct somewhere deep inside me."
After asking 25 year old(Korean age) Kim Taek Yong what he wants to do in the future he seems concerned for a moment before his eyes suddenly light up.
"Actually because I have been a progamer ever since I was young it's like I don't know much about society. In a way listening to other peoples stories and telling my own is why I started streaming. First of all I want to make as many friends as possible before entering the military either next year or the year after."
On the question of whether he perhaps wants a relationship Bisu begins to blush.
"Trying my hand at dating would be good, but as I have never had a girlfriend I'm not sure it's something I can do well. Of course now I want to try my hand at dating just like my friends but in my progaming days I made an effort to not even become friends with girls. This was because I felt that even though having a girlfriend would be nice, it would go against my sense of responsibility. I can't do many things at once. I wanted to focus on only one thing."
After asking Bisu the follow up question on who then is his 'ideal type', he immediately responds without hesitation - Miss A's Suzy. Although Bisu has not seen Suzys latest drama 'Gu Family Book' he praises her highly both as a singer and for her appearance in 'Introduction to architecture'.
"I hope I don't cause her any inconvenience by saying so but Suzy really is my ideal type. I am a big fan of course, but honestly whenever I see her on stage or on TV my mood improves and even though it's just on a screen I want to see her over and over again. Always when I see her laughing bright figure she really seems like an angel(laughs)."
In closing Bisu wished to again express his utmost appreciation to his fans.
"In the future, no matter what I do I will be diligent. Both when I had a hard time in my progaming days and now after I have retired, you the fans are the ones who give me strength. You don't know how reassuring it is. No matter where I am I will always do my best to stand tall and dignified for you."
Original article by Kim Yong Joon