On The Current State of Korean Starcraft

starcraft 10 - On The Current State of Korean Starcraft

Obviously the Korean scene is struggling right now. There's talk about region locking being unfair, not enough opportunities for low-mid tier Koreans to make money, and a myriad of other concerns.

As far as I see it banning foreigners from GSL is just going to drive down foreign GSL viewership and hurt the Korean scene more than the 2-3 spots taken by foreigners each season.

And in terms of increasing the opportunities for Koreans, I don't see Blizzard investing tens of thousands more dollars a year giving them another league. They already support the least financially viable scene with 3 leagues which are months long, 2 weekend tournaments only open to Koreans, and a special GSL vs the world event held in Korea.

So where do we go from here? Clearly the Korean scene needs help. Look at how the foreign scene has flourished with all the additional support it's gotten since 2015. I think if we were to help the Korean scene that it could see similar growth.


So TLDR My proposed solution for the Korean scene is one additional war chest a year. A special GSL war chest which would unlock GSL related awards like portraits, sprays, emotes, MAYBE special unit skins.

I'm not exactly sure what the best use of the money would be. Maybe it could be used to support a code a or a challenger tournament. Maybe it could increase the GSL prize pool. Maybe it could unlock a third super tournament. Idk, but what I do know is it would keep foreigners in GSL (helping viewership), it would help make the region locking more fair, and it would alleviate the financial burden on Blizzard.

/end rant. Anyways, let me know what y'all think!

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