E-Sport History's Biggest Scandal

The e-Sport country of the world is electronically rioting over the biggest scandal in the history of gaming.

It might seem almost silly to be so upset about a betting on games that takes place on a computer, but gaming in general - and StarCraft in particular - is the South Koreans' answer to our sport culture in the West and illegal betting with teams throwing games is like toying with the very fabric of what makes up the average Korean.

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Cogo5115d ago

Koreans are so weird :)

I suppose they are not paying their players enough then, if it's enough money to be had in betting to make it worth their while to throw matches. Or are they just greedy?

Leord5115d ago

They are, but they are reacting similarly to Americans and the Black Sox, only electronically :P

Perhaps less effigy's...

Danteh5115d ago

damn, this suddenly made me realize that Korea is sooo different from the West...

I mean look at the article, that "Boxer is marrying his long time girlfriend" completely reminded me of the apologize attempt Tiger Woods did after making a birdie with those 17 women...

In Korea, games are really THE national sport, ppl there are not from Barça, Manchester United or Red Sox, they are from whatever Starcraft team is more awesome :O

Xulfxulf5115d ago

proof that esports are starting to matter. people bet on it, and players can earn more money throwing matches for gamblers than they can from prize money.

Cogo5115d ago

Funny that even sports is part of the market in terms of supply and demand :)

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Leord5115d ago

Heh, it kind of shows WHY professional sports players are so well paid. If there's an imbalance on how much money the organizers and betting agents get compared to the players, things like this will happen, like the Black sox :P

Xulfxulf5115d ago

Also, how do you lose in SC without it being detectable? Just screw up your micro, or what? it would be obvious if you weren't going up the tech tree or trying all out for some rush that would never work.

Cogo5115d ago

No clue, but then again, I wouldn't know if another sportsman was throwing his game either...

mrv3215115d ago

It's not even a mistake that can cause you to loose a game, even by not doing something TINY you'll make it impossiple to win.

Leord5115d ago

I would not be surprised if they DO take to the streets to be honest.

What if there was a similarly big thing with professional football? (Soccer, for Americans).

Holyknight30005115d ago

I'm hoping it doesn't come to this either. Guess ill be hearing this in the news tomorrow if it does come to this /facepalm.

Shayagor5115d ago

It's happened in Italy. Juventus lost a couple of titles and was penalized by being demoted to 2nd division. AC Milan, Fiorentina and a few others were penalized with less points, Team Owners were expelled and referees too.

It's just weird to see this over gaming since I think most people still see it as recreational and not a sport...like golf (:P)

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It Seems Pretty Clear Why StarCraft 3 is Not a Thing Yet

Even though fans have been clamoring for a StarCraft 3 for years now, it seems like Blizzard really has no reason to spend time making one.

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StormSnooper149d ago

They sort of ran the story as far as it could go.

Also, it seems like blizzard is more busy with mediocrity at this point in time.

Jingsing149d ago

The problem with Blizzard is they have franchises that don't need sequels. People are happy playing the games that they previously made. What they need is new games, none of this business of trying to transport the old audience into a new version of an old game which only ends up nickle and dime'ing users.


$15 horse for WoW made more money than StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty

Jason Hall, currently an indie developer and former Blizzard employee, has been sharing some really interesting stories from his long career in the industry for a while now. Some of them are truly insightful, while others may seem depressing.

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Sciurus_vulgaris151d ago

I’m a little shocked that StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty sold only around 6 million copies. The original StarCraft did over 11 million. Maybe Blizzard was too leisurely in releasing StarCraft 2? Starcraft 2 came out 12 years after it’s predecessor.

Plague-Doctor27151d ago (Edited 151d ago )

Im surprised too. Starcraft was still a huge name in 2010. It was kinda the only new RTS around and other genres like MOBAs hadn't really kicked off yet. I do remember at the time sentiment around the game was
pretty angry the game was being split into 3 but I doubt that would have impacted sales to that degree

Sciurus_vulgaris150d ago

For a long time I believed StarCraft II sold on par or better than its predecessor. There was so much hype for the game. Plus it had a pretty strong E-Sports scene for a few years.

Myself and half a dozen friends all bought StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and played it religiously for a full year. While I bought the expansions, most of my friends did not. RPGs seem to be a generally low selling genre.

Nerdmaster150d ago

I'm not shocked at all. This was an early example of Blizzard being greedy. Instead of releasing a complete experience, splitting Starcraft 2 in 3 parts so it could make us purchase it 3 times if we wanted to know the whole story and play story mode with the other races.

Sciurus_vulgaris150d ago

I originally had that stance. However, Wings of Liberty, was just as long, if not longer than StarCraft 1. The expansions were of decent length too and added a good amount of additional content.

il-JumperMT151d ago

and people wonder why we are having mtx in everything. i blame the people who actual buy them.

Nerdmaster150d ago

It's interesting he used Brazil as an example of the importance of regional pricing. Nowadays many companies on Steam are setting their prices in Brazil as high as, if not more than, their price in USA. I simply refused to buy a few games when I noticed that's the case.

Extermin8or3_150d ago

This right here is the fucking problem.