Blizzard cuts ties with Korean e-Sports Association

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 23:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime has said that the company intends to find a new e-sports partner for StarCraft in South Korea, due to IP rights.

According to Korean publication Yonhap News, Blizzard has tried to work things out, to no avail.

“We’ve tried to talk to [the Korean e-Sports Association] for three years, but we can’t get them to recognize our IP rights,” said Morhaime.

“Of course we think our IP rights should be respected. StarCraft II will be released soon, so we will have to look for a new partner”.

KeSPA and Blizzard have going at it for a few months now, and last year Blizzard became a supporter of broadcaster GOMtv, excluding KeSPA and its partners.

During BlizzCon last year, Park “JulyZerg” Sung-Joon was pulled from a StarCraft competition by his team STX, which has ties to KeSPA.

Other teams declined to participate in the GOMTV broadcasted events.

No word on whether the scandals involving cheating and gambling in the e-sports world over in the country had any impact on this decision.

Thanks, 1UP.



  1. Sublimeone

    It’s simply about “CONTROL” & “$$”.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. revolting

    @1 You say that like it’s a bad thing. It’s their property. Of course they have valid concerns if other parties are breaching their agreement with Blizzard and their property to generate profit in unsanctioned ways. Control and profit is exactly what it’s about, and exactly what it should be about.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. skuphundaku

    @2: It is a bad thing. When a game producer thinks that they have a say about how I can play the game, then they’re crossing the line.

    What Blizzard is saying is, basically: “If you want to run a StarCraft tournament or league, you have to pay us!” which is completely absurd. Do the football clubs pay for the “right” to use Nike football balls, for example? That makes no sense whatsoever, especially in the case of older games, like StarCraft, where everybody can host a server and Blizzard’s involvement stops when you buy the game. With newer games, like StarCraft 2, they force you to use BattleNet for network play so that they can say: “If you want to play, keep paying up motherf***ers!”, but that doesn’t make it right either. It’s just pure, unadulterated greed and there’s no excuse for it, no matter how much you argue about it.

    That might work for Blizzard and StarCraft 2 (for a while), but at some point the gamers will find some less control-freakish game to pay and be done with Blizzard’s chicanery.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    “Chicanery” is possibly the single best word I’ve ever ever read on this site.

    #4 5 years ago

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