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Blizzard Entertainment announced ‘Heroes of The Storm‘ 2016 Spring Global Championship Circuit schedule on 18th.
2016 is the first full year for ‘Heroes of The Storm‘ eSports. Blizzard separated the world in 8 different competitive regions – North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Korea, China, and Taiwan. Each competitive event will be operated by a regional eSports partner.
Spring Global Championship will be take place in Seoul, South Korea from April 1-3 with a prize pool of $500,000. After 3 seasonal championships completing, the final will take place in November at Blizzcon.
More than $4 million is on the line in the ‘Heroes of The Storm’ 2016 Global Championship Circuit.
For detailed information on each regional event, you can check out on the official blog.
Blizzard Entertainment celebrated the night before the launching of Heart of the Swarm on 12th – First expansion of 2 years old Starcraft 2 all over the world. Seoul, the heart of South Korea, was not an exception.
Blizzard Korea allowed only 879 to enter the event hall to avoid the unexpected situation. Blizzard Korea experienced the worst situation with the launch of Diablo3 before, so it seems they approached carefully with this event.
Because Blizzard Korea prepared only 1,000 collector’s edition packages of the game with the prize of tablet computer for the first purchaser, people gathered and made a long line from the early. In case of you do not know, Blizzard Korea sold the collector’s edition as limited edition in Korea by limiting the total number.
Itzik Ben Bassat, Executive VP of Global Publishing, and Nick, UI designer, Matt, Software engineer attended the event with 2 dozens of pro-gamers.
JD from EG-TL, Creator from Prime, Life from Startale, flash from KT, MVP from IM, Bisu from SK T1 played on the stage for fans. 2:2 matches were taking place on Hunters map, a popular map from Starcraft1. Hunters map will be available through Battle.net after the game is launching.
Gstar2012 was held from the 8th to 11th of November at Bexco, Busan with 190,000 visitors. Gstar2012 was special because it is hosted by Korea Association of Game Industry instead of KOCCA(Korea Creative Contents Agency, which is a government organization. Let’s find out what achievements Gstar2012 has accomplished.
New venue for B2B
B2B area for Gstar2011 was inconvenience because it is split into several areas. With the completion of the 2nd Exhibit hall, B2B area for Gstar2012 was as good as it gets. Even though B2B schedule was shorten to 3 days from 4 days, the number of business meeting that was held during the event has been increased about 49% with the total number of 167. More than 50% of companies were from abroad as well as the number of buyers from abroad has been increased more than 100%.
Gstar2012 recorded 190,353 visitors for 4 days, which is 30% down from the last year’s record, 290,000. The reason is that the organization has changed the counting method. Gstar counted visitors one time only instead of counting them based on the visiting number.
Mobile for the win
Mobile games were very popular at Gstar2012. Many mobile game companies were presented include Com2uS and Gamevil. T-store, an open market from SK Telecom, also presented the large scale B2C booth for the first time. Nowcom and Wemade introduced a series of mobile game aggressively.
On the other hand, giants client based online game developers such as NCsoft, Webzen, Hanbitsoft, Mgame did not participate in Gstar2012. Mabinogi2: ARENA from Nexon, BLESS from Neowiz, Icarus from Wemade, Red Gems 2 from L&K Logic Korea were MMORPGs that we could find at Gstar2012. As a foreign company, Nintendo & War Gaming presented the large scale booths.
The place for Gstar2013
The contract with Busan was closed. Therefore, the organization will select the new host city for Gstar2013 during the early next year.
The result of our Gstar2012 survey
We asked a series of questions to 833 visitors. The below is the result.
Most wanted B2C booth – Nexon
66.8% of people who took part in the survey said Nexon B2C booth was the best Nexon presented Warface, Pro Baseball 2K, Mabinogi2:Arena, FIFA Online 3, Counter Strike Online 2. . The 2nd and the 3rd were Blizzard with Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm and Neowiz with BLESS.
Most visited B2C booth – Nexon
Booths on the left side were took #1, 2, 3. Nexon took the 1st while Blizzard and Gamevil took the 2nd and the 3rd.
Most cool exterior – Blizzard
Blizzard booth was favored by 51.3% people as the most cool booth exterior followed by Nexon, Neowiz and War Gaming.
Most wanted Game – Mabinogi 2
Mabinogi 2 was selected as the most wanted game at Gstar2012. The 2nd was Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm.
Most satisfied game – Dungeon Striker
124 out of 139 people selected. Dungeon Striker from NHN as the most satisfied game after playing. FIFA Online 3 was the 2nd best.
Most wanted game to play again – FIFA Online 3
77.5% of people chose FIFA Online 3 as the most wanted game to play again. Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm was the 2nd with 70.3% chose.
If you have a plan to have a booth at G-Star 2012, your chance is not left. According to G-Star organization, B2B registration has been closed due to the exceeded requests.
99% of B2C booth was reserved already while 105% booth was reserved for B2B. The notable companies that will be presented at B2C are Joymax, Blizzard, Neowiz, Wemade, NHN, Nexon, Neople, Wargaming etc. Especially, there will be typical domestic mobile game companies such as SK Planet, Com2uS, Gamevil etc. B2B booth area has been increased about 30% compared to the last year.
The pre-registration for buyers will be started from the end of September through the official G-Star homepage – www.gstar.or.kr
At G-Star 2012, there will be 2 big e-sports events as well – <League of Legends> opening event for the Champions Winter and GNGWC finals.