In the beginning of 2019 it is safe to say that BW is fully alive and well again; With ASL, KSL, Foreign tours such as BSL, Defiler Tours starting up again, Have at you Tours that have been running for over a year.
Contents such as Write-ups, the power rank, medry' s 24/7 VOD stream.
basically you name it.
Yes everything is going rather well right now for good ol bw, but what about its long term future?
The scene restarted back in 2013 (well, there were some online before I believe, but 2013 was thee start imo) and gained prominence over the years as more ex-pros returned so 2014 and 2015 is off the mark.
From 2012, the beginning of the game that must not be named, people went on and on that bw was dead, is was finished, it was over. Surprise to some, the Scene restarted I believe in 2014 or 2015 in Korea with sbenu running tours out of his pocket, the poor fellow went broke pouring all his attention and money into bw tours. The Shield battery project, which unfortunately run out of luck cause of the outbreak of remastered, and the return of many pros and non Koreans to the scene, and the rest is history as we know it.
Few know what happened in the "dark Ages" of bw. The basic point is, apart from there being very few tournaments, in or outside Korea, little content, and such things, there where still people playing the game all over the place. You could still log on like right now and find a game, play. And trust me, for I have been there in that time, that people where playing and playing with passion, just like today. Whatever rank, whatever skill, whatever kind of bw game. Just like in the past.
That' s what the scene is all about if you break it down. Forget streams, forget tournaments, forget content and write-ups, the basic point is people playing the game.
But most people who are playing, are people that have always played, people who are over 25 years old. We are seeing this inside Korea and outside Korea. These are the top players that are dominating the scene.
EDIT: What the problem is and what I would like people to discuss in this thread is type of structure there is to support new players, new blood, new generations especially younger players that see the game, and would like to play it on a competitive level. What I mean, is that basically there are no new names out there, either in Korea, or outside, meaning there is no support structure to someone new who has never played who wants to rise and shine, improve and get to the top levels. This is the real challenge I believe, and if a solution is not found, in the long run, BW will die out, simply because there will be no one who will play it anymore...
LMaster and others have made tons of noobie-friendly content, and there is a newbie server.
EDIT: Thank you everybody for your input to the conversation; It would also be interesting if beginners would post their view on the subject and how it feels to start playing Broodwar; Or even if people who have been playing for years would care to "recall" their experience and hardships of getting into the game;
EDIT: Further read: https://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewpost.php?post_id=27244519