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Global StarCraft II League offering $500,000 in prizes for 2010

Blizzard Entertainment and GomTV have recently announced plans for the Global StarCraft II League.
The league is being billed as a ‘worldwide’ league and will be broadcast globally. The league will hold tournaments every month with a total of $500,000 US dollars (or 600,000,000 won) in prizes set for the year of 2010. According to GomTV, this will be the largest amount of money on the table for a tournament in the history of e-sports.

But this is just the beginning. The real purpose of the 2010 tournaments is to determine the groups for the 2011 GSL.Players will be divided into upper and lower leagues depending on their performance in the upcoming 2011 league. GomTV also announced plans to sponsor skilled players and to add additional leagues and a clan league in 2011.




Above: We’re looking forward to all the big money, big prizes and pro-level play. Here’s hoping that StarCraft II and GomTV can bring e-sports into the mainstream for western audiences

Aug 10, 2010

Source: PlayXPTeam LiquidGomTV

7 comments

  • Turboash - August 12, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    How much is that in Korean currency?
  • WickedSid - August 11, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    I know that T-Nags is probably going to be in this a few times until completion. You have my support. I demand that B. Buttercup should participate and be a winner at least once.
  • k1ng94 - August 11, 2010 6:50 a.m.

    Half a million that's crazy. Since I'm terrible at Starcraft and still in the bronze league with 9 losses to 2 wins I was wondering if Gamesradar was ever going to do some multilayer strategy guides? Or something like that.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - August 11, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    @everybody. I'd just like to say Koreans are not naturally better at starcraft. They were able to dominate the WCG in SC1 because there was a large number of pro-gaming teams, who played starcraft as their job, while there are only a handfull number of progaming teams in Europe and America; hopefully, with Blizzard's backing, this can catch on more internationally and perhaps we'll see at least some greater degree of geographical parity. @Ginsi, SC and WC are very different games; fans of SC:BW were rather disappointed with WC3 originally, esp. the hero system. I'd argue that the very fact that DOTA seems to the ultimate incarnation of WCIII, which barely keeps it as a RTS game, as a testament to the incomparbility of SC and WC.
  • Colosseyed - August 11, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    @Ginshi29: I doubt that will be the case. Arguably the best and most recognizable WC3 player throughout that game's run has been Grubby, who is Dutch I believe. Korea has the audience, but there are plenty of popular and skilled eastern Europeans among the "pro" ranks in War/Starcraft as well. North America on the other hand... Speaking of WC3, I find it curious how all coverage of SC2 so far has practically ignored that game even exists. Mention always goes to how SC2 has been "a 12 year wait", as if War/Starcraft weren't done by the same dev team using the same game engine. If anything, I would say WC/SC are more like staggered sequels to the same "Craft" series (like CoD) than 2 separate offerings. Why do no reviews ever compare the 2 games directly? If for no other reason, the simple fact that the game from which SC2 is taking the RTS crown from IS WC3 should warrant a comparison. I would be quite interested to hear what reviewers think about the removal of the hero system from WC3. I personally loved that mechanic and feel SC2 is a lesser game without it.
  • Cwf2008 - August 10, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    Hang on...did i read that right? HALF A MILLION DOLLARS?! Dammit though like any American really stands a chance against the Koreans...ehh maybe they'll go easy on us if we send another 30,000 or 40,000 troops to the south...please?
  • Ginshi29 - August 10, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    i don't know if it will catch on in the west because all of the Koreans will blow us white guys out of the water. so what is the point of supporting foreigners. haaa but this seems as though it will put some sort of gaming on the map in public eyes. maybe. . . ?

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