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Report: Blizzard and KeSPA StarCraft hostilities ending

Report: Blizzard and KeSPA StarCraft hostilities ending

The hostilities and legal battle between Blizzard and the Korean eSports Players Association over StarCraft broadcasting rights are seemingly drawing to a close. Fomos reports that Several members of the body, the self-declared representative of South Korean professional gaming, are soon to settle with the maker of the StarCraft series.

South Korean television networks and KeSPA members Ongamenet and MBC Game broadcast competitive StarCraft games without the licenses or fees demanded by Blizzard. The companies respectively had hosted the OSL and MSL, two astonishingly popular leagues for the original game, for years and felt Blizzard had no right to demand these fees. It also seemed a little cheeky that Blizzard waited until they, with other companies, had helped make StarCraft hugely successful in South Korea. Unsurprisingly, and justly, Blizzard was somewhat displeased by their refusal to play ball and called in the lawyers. Read more »

""These gaming leagues helped make SC immortal, not blizzard, blizzard just made a fucking game, ..."
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Blizzard Signs Exclusive Broadcast Deal with GOM for South Korea

Blizzard may have just dealt the deathblow to the Korean eSports Players Association (KeSPA) and existing professional StarCraft leagues in South Korea. The company has signed an exclusive broadcast deal (via TeamLiquid.net) with Gretech-GomTV, which will be the only company licensed to broadcast leagues, tournaments, or gameplay for all Blizzard games.

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"Look guys there are a lot of people speculating that this will hurt pro-gaming because of ..."
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Korean StarCraft Corruption Confirmed; 11 Players Implicated

Last month, reports from South Korea broke that players and organizations were involved in illegal match-fixing within the country's lucrative professional gaming scene for Blizzard's RTS.

TeamLiquid.net has translated a report from Newsis.com that confirms that match-fixing has occurred, implicating 16 invididuals: "11 current and ex-progamers, 3 brokers, and 2 individuals who used inside information on the fixing to place bets." Read more »

"Ok, I'll be grinning about the raked across the mineral fields part for the rest of the day"
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Blizzard Ceases Negotiations With Korean eSports Agency; Fate of Korean Pro-StarCraft Unknown

According to an interview in South Korea's Yonhap News (via Daum), which was translated by TeamLiquid.net forum member Waxangel, Blizzard has ceased talks with the Korean e-Sports Players Association (KeSPA).

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"I'm no fanboy of Blizzard, but Kespa sounds like one shady business. Was the fee just a small ..."
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