Blizzard Entertainment and Gom-TV are signing and exclusive broadcasting agreement for Blizzard games.
I wonder if this will be bad for e-Sports business.
It will definitely be bad for KeSPA's business. If what Mike says is true though, they simply want to be involved rather than making loads of money. Also, KeSPA has illegally sold Blizzard's rights to others anyway.
Totally agree. Blizzard being way more involved is definitely good in my opinion
Nah, that will be ok :)
I think this should be something good. I mean, think to the HUGE betting scandal which has been around the news. Anyway, the guys at Gom-TV are very passionate and know how to deliver good quality work. At least seems a good re-start for Blizz in the Korean eSports scene, but we shall see
Idon't undrstand this, but I'm still interested to see where this will lead..
Too long, didn't read? :) Well, it does require a little bit of reading to understand. It's a different mentality there.
some people like reading comic :P
KeSPA seems like a bunch of wankers, tbh.
Mmhmm. Odd situation, but not a good one.
Matters in Korea have been twisting quite a bit. I really don't think this will be the end, since eSports is something so BIG, the KeSPA guys and the networks formerly owning rights will likely be coming back as aggressively as they can.
Will indeed be very interesting to see how they respond on Monday.
I seems to me that KeSPA is a mess internally if they let things come this far. Selling rights you do not hold is a big mistake. At that point there was no way Blizzard could let them be.
think about it. Blizzard being taken to court possibly over their own property to begin with...... i am interested where this will go.
Im going to hit the COEX mall this weekend since im in Korea right now and see how the arcade atmosphere is
sounds like blizzard tried their best. I wonder what the other side has to say about it?
I have to disagree with everyone saying Blizzard should be more involved. Imagine if the person who first threw a football around told the NFL that they had to dismantle their sports because only they could decide what to do with a football. It's utterly ridiculous. In much the same way as anyone who has the money can put together another league and attempt to put it on the air, the NFL can not stop them. Blizzard might produce the game but beyond having customers purchase them they have no rights beyond this, and every effort they take to FORCE people to submit to their will and allow them into an area which they have no distinct rights to shows that they are going to far. Blizzard is pissed because they refuse to make Starcraft 2 a sport because it works over B.net and can't be placed into a competitive environment (LAN). The reason Blizzard doesn't like this is in Korea this very act can make or break Starcraft 2. So they have a vested interest in FORCING SC2 down E-sports throat whether they like it or not. You guys who think Blizzard has no monetary interest here don't have the slightest clue, without Korean E-sports SC2 can either be a multi-billion dollar profit or measly millions. This is why Blizzard is so keen on getting in after so many years, if they don't strong arm their way in profits will suffer without a doubt. Starcraft in Korean is the equivalent to the NFL in the USA, so think of this on terms of a football and think of how popular the NFL is. You think someone wants to dismantle the NFL and set up their own league for shits and giggles, and because it wouldn't make them that much money? Also keep in mind there are plenty of USA organizations who use various games, none of which the game makers make a profit from. Nor would they probably be able to, unless of course they forced you to play on their servers much like SC2.
Blizzard deserve to get money for this, after all all game EULA's state that it is for private use and not to be shown or displayed in public, same with movies, you can't just put a TV in a public place and play your new blu ray or whatever, you need a license, but they shouldn't have cut LAN for the sake of this, that's just spitting in the face of their loyal fanbase and the people who made their company what it is
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