SC2 Pro League Incoming
Korean fans of Starcraft 2 have a reason to celebrate following an announcement from Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime that Starcraft 2 could be hitting Pro League later this year.
Starcraft 2 has never enjoyed the same success as its older brother in South Korea, the hub of competitive gaming, due to a long standing rift between Blizzard and KeSPA. A history of bad blood between the two companies caused by arguments over copyright infringement saw GOMtv gain exclusive access to South Korean Starcraft 2 broadcasts when the game was released, shutting the doors to KeSPA, Pro League and a potentially huge audience.
However the division between the two sides seems to be near repair according to a statement given to the Korean website inews24. Morhaime who is currently visiting the Pro League studios in Seoul has reportedly announced that he expects Starcraft 2 to be hitting the Pro League circuit by the end of the year. This would represent a massive boost to the title that has recently seen itself bumped to second place behind the hugely successful League of Legends.
The statements from Morhaime, kindly translated by Clefairy of Team Liquid, were:
I am aware of KeSPA and OGN's wishes to run a Starcraft 2 tournament. I expect all issues to be dealt with and a tournament to open this year.
"This visit is to meet with all the parties involved with us and to improve relations with Korea. A lot of things are going to happen in Korea this year.
We expect to work with KeSPA to open a Starcraft 2 pro league this year."