Tag: esports

MBC Distortedly Connects ‘Pimir’ Minki Chun’s Suicide Attempt to Gaming Addiction

There is an ongoing controversy regarding MBC’s (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, one of major broadcasters in Korea) editing of the head investigator’s interview regarding the suicide attempt of AHQ Korea’s professional gamer ‘Pimir’ Minki Chun.

MBC News Today reported on the 14th that Minki Chun exposed the rigging of <League of Legends> games and attempted suicide afterwards.  This news report contained an excerpt from the interview of the head investigator that stated “Played a lot of games over many sleepless nights, and attempted suicide at a moment’s decision.”

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Netizens rose up and expressed their discontent saying that the interview of the investigator was misleading to the viewers of the particular news.  The “played a lot of games over many sleepless nights” phrase in the interview may mislead viewers to think that gaming addiction was the cause of the suicide attempt.

As it is already known to the public, Minki Chun’s suicide attempt was directly related to the rigging of the games.  However, MBC began the specific news segment focusing on the existence of ‘gambling’ within eSports, and eventually edited the interview to bring out the subject of ‘gaming addiction.”  By doing this, they have led the viewers to believe that a gaming addicted previous professional gamer got caught in a web of gambles and ultimately attempted to take his own life.

Furthermore, MBC pessimistically reported the news, even stating that the <League of Legends> tournaments may be shut down.  However, the current issue solely deals with the previous coach Dae-Chul Roh’s fraud schemes, and has no direct relations with gaming addictions.

Minki Chun revealed the rigging of the <League of Legends> games and attempted suicide.  After revealing that his sponsor team ahq Korea’s coach, Dae-Chul Roh, had formed his team in the beginning with the sole purpose of fraud, he posted the words “I am leaving after posting these words.”

When the news aired, the netizens rose up against MBC.  The netizens wished for MBC to convey the correct message, saying that “they are destroying the honor of a victim of fraud, titling him with titles such as gaming addict and gambler.  We can’t help but suspect MBC of deliberate editing of the interview.”

On the other hand, Minki Chun is currently hospitalized and have recently regained consciousness.  Riot Games has expressed their concerns for the player, and have promised various forms of support for the suffering player.  Korean eSports Committee plans to pursue this case of fraud and to take lawful procedures.

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Nexon supports DOTA2 Korea Champions financially

Nexon reveals DOTA2 NSL (Nexon Sponsorship League) on 22th at the press conference. The press conference was held in Gangnam GOMTV studio. Nexon plans NSL as discovering amateur teams who want to go up pro level and supporting them from various perspectives to make them growing as pro teams safely.

NSL will be held from September and is consist of 3 seasons for 6months with the total sponsorship money $294,000. The champion team for each season will receive financial sponsorship for a year such as a team house, team operation fee, opportunities to compete in foreign events, latest equipment and introducing them to companies who want to establish own pro teams.

The champion for 1st season will receive about $98,000 sponsorship while the 2nd and 3rd season champions receiving $71,600 and $53,700 sponsorship. The champion teams cannot compete in the next season. From 2nd to 8th teams for each season will receive a proper amount of prize money and are seeded for the next season.

16 teams will be selected through the open qualifier. From the round of 16, NSL will be broadcasted at GOMTV live.

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GOMTV boost Korean e-sports further

With the vanishing of MBC GAME, it seems Korean e-sports took steps backwards. However, GOMTV is moving aggressively in 2013 with the huge success of GSL, GomTV Starcraft2 League, from abroad.
GOMTV (Executive Director In-sik Bae) has announced the relocation of the GOMTV Mokdong Studio to near Samseong Station in Gangnam-gu, which will occur in mid-March. The new studio is named as GOMTV Gangnam Studio. Yes, Gangnam Style!

GOMTV expect they could take care of about 200 spectators at the new studio, which is more than double size comparing to the previous studio. The new location is more convenient to spectator due to COEX(Shopping, Theaters, Foods etc.) and other hotels are near.

With the opening of the GOMTV Gangnam Studio all studio broadcasting equipment will be switched to HD. Also it is expected that they could held tournaments in different games(beside Starcraft2) in the future because it is the one of main reasons to have a new bigger studio.

GOMTV expect 2013 will be the year of extension and a huge leap. With ‘Heart of the Swarm’, the expansion of Starcraft2, released in March and the new studio, they want e-sports fans all around world get more excited this year.

eSports Federation deferred joining OSL

eSports Federation deferred joining Ongamenet Starleague. eSports Federation mainly consists of Starcraft2 players and staffs in GSL, GOM TV Starcraft2 League.

They said “We cannot believe KeSPA decided not to join GSL Season 4.” They also retort KeSPA’s argument that they cannot join GSL because of busy schedule and the lack of communication with GOM TV. Because GOM TV has managed SC2 League schedule for more than 2 years and keep contributing to improve Starcraft2 e-sports scene throughout the world.

They also said they don’t want to GSL disappeared because it could damage Korean e-Sports market and threat the fate of eSports Federation. They also insist that the decision from KeSPA attenuate the day of the vision declaration. Blizzard, KeSPA and GOM TV promised to cooperate for further e-Sports growing on the 2nd of May, 2012.

According to above reasons, they asked KeSPA to join GSL and decided to postpone their decision on joining OSL until KeSPA makes their final decision for GSL Season 4.

KeSPA explains the reason not joining GSL Season 4

KeSPA announced their official stance on their decision that made yesterday – KeSPA pro-gamers won’t join GSL Season 4 Code A Qualifiers.

After the day of the vision declaration with GOM TV, KeSPA and Blizzard, KeSPA allowed their playes to join WCS, OSL, Cross Match on GOM TV, WCG, MLG Invitational. Those have been possible because KeSPA communicated with the host of each event over months to control the schedule.

KeSPA players will be presented at SC2 Proleague, OSL, WCG Korean representative qualifiers, WCS and MLG online matches, MLG final invitational. Their regular week schedule will be 4 days for Proleague, 2 days for OSL, 2days for MLG cross matches.

Therefore, KeSPA decided not to join GSL Season 4 because of their busy schedule.

About the future plan for joining GSL, KeSPA told “We don’t join GSL Season 5 because there has not been enough discussion prior to the event. If we discuss several issues prior to the event enough and if it could make some synergy with Proleague, we will join the future GSL.”

KeSPA told that if there were any requests to join the event domestically as well as internationally, they will give priority to their event schedule such as Proleague and other planned events.