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The End of a Dream

“We dreamed a dream.
A dream full of hope.
Sometimes we had regrets.
But it was a happy dream.
It’s time now, to close…
…this midsummer’s night dream.
We’ll wait.
Until we can dream again.”

In my entire life, I had never really been that much into any sports. I kinda liked football, sure, but never enough to actually get off my ass and go watch a match. Spectator sports just weren’t for me. Just like how I never watched other people play video games on youtube. Why wouldn’t I just play them myself?

That all changed, somewhere early this year.
Thanks to a friend of mine, I found my passion.
I found something that made me happy, excited, and gave me idols to look up to.
That something, whether it sounds strange to you or not, was Starcraft.

The text at the top of this post is from the ending ceremony of this year’s Proleague, a domestic Korean league in which teams featuring the best players in the world face off to decide which is the best in Korea, and, as such, the world. For people who aren’t into Starcraft, I like to compare it to the Champion’s League; you can go and see Messi, Müller, Ronaldo and Neymar play right in front of you and after the match you can walk right up to them and ask them to sign your ball.

Going to that studio and seeing these players go at it gave me a sense of excitement that I’d never felt before. The way they thought, strategized, multi-tasked. The way TY can attack on four fronts at once without even batting an eye or the way sOs comes up with a new, innovative and never before seen strategy every time he plays.. These players were nearly a decade younger than me, but I never had anything but the greatest respect for them. They are people to look up to, giving everything they have to be the best they could be. But they were never unapproachable. They weren’t celebrities sitting in their gilded tower ignoring their fans; even in spite of their fame you could just tap them on the shoulder, ask them for a picture and an autograph. Many of them, like Byun, Dark and Stats, were more than happy to oblige, even posing the way you asked them to or, in the case of Dark, dealing with your crippling autism when you met one of your idols face to face by kindly waiting while holding the winner’s cup in his hand while I was just staring at him stupidly after he signed my poster. In the end, it was their personalities and their devotion to the game that made Starcraft what it was…
But that all ended today.

“Today, we are announcing the discontinuation of StarCraft ProLeague. StarCraft ProLeague started out in 2003 as the world’s first team-based eSports league and 2016 marked its 14th  year, making it the world’s longest-running eSports league.

ProLeague paved the way for many top-tier StarCraft players and served as the bedrock behind Korean pro players becoming the world’s greatest. The league was loved not only by Korean StarCraft fans, but had fans that followed it from all over the world.

ProLeague won the hearts and support of fans through its exhilarating competition and immersive stories. However, behind the excitement, it also had its share of hurdles that we as its organizers had to overcome. We had faced challenges that hindered ProLeague’s operations including the acute drop in global eSports sponsorships in 2008 caused by the global financial crisis, the first case of eSports match-fixing, and declining number of teams.

Despite those challenges, KeSPA made countless efforts to maintain ProLeague. However, the drop in the number of ProLeague teams and players, difficulty securing league sponsors, and match fixing issues have made it challenging to maintain ProLeague. As such, KeSPA has come to announce the discontinuation of ProLeague and its operations of the five out of total seven StarCraft professional teams that participated in ProLeague 2016. The decision to put the past 14 years behind us and discontinue ProLeague was a difficult one and it deeply saddens me to have to bring you this news.

Although ProLeague has ended, StarCraft will continue to be a globally competitive eSport. StarCraft is one of the world’s best RTS games and is an immersive and exciting eSport to watch as well as play. With its partners, KeSPA will look for ways to support pro-gamers who will be competing in the WCS Global Finals this November as well as continue to seek competition opportunities for local pro-gamers through measures such as expanding the StarCraft KeSPA Cup.

I would like to thank all parties related to KeSPA including the players and coaches, teams, broadcasters, the media, and eSports fans for the passion and support they have shown StarCraft ProLeague. Without the enthusiasm and contribution of everyone involved, ProLeague would not have been possible.

Thank You.”

-KeSPA Chairman Jun Byung Hun

It’s easy to point the finger at Blizzard or KeSPA for letting this happen, or to Korean youth that is obsessed with MOBAs. It’s easy to say that we should just switch to watching a different esport.. In the end, Starcraft is the only thing I found in 29 years that gripped me by the throat and didn’t let me go. I visited as many matches as I could and watched at least one match every single day since May this year. I followed my favorite players – TY, sOs, Maru, Dark and others – cheered for them when they won and supported them when they lost. I found ‘my’ team in the Jin Air Green Wings, one of only two professional teams who supposedly will survive this death of Starcraft. At some point, I had visited the studios so many times that the Korean staff and even the presentors recognized and greeted me when I walked in.
Starcraft wasn’t just a game.

To commemorate the end of Starcraft in Korea, I’m posting the pictures I took at some of the matches that I visited. I hope I can add at least a few more to them next year.

Twitch doesn’t allow me to embed the videos so just click these links

starcraft-room

Until we can dream again.

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3 comments on “The End of a Dream

  1. Nicole
    18 October 2016

    <3

  2. Pingback: Good morning, 2017 | Anonymous of Holland           -A Dutchman in Korea-

  3. korean fan boy
    22 April 2017

    good … good … write thank you very very … i too sc2 fan i too saf proleague end …

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#스타크래프트 is love #Starcraft is life.

Being a Starcraft fan in Korea feels a lot like what I'd imagine being a rich acquaintance of Ronaldo would feel like for a football fan - you get front row seats to all the major games, get to meet legends like Messi, Robben or Buffon (in our case, Byun, SoO or Stats) and get to ask for their signature pretty much whenever you want - all without paying a single penny.

The professional scene has been taking hit after hit since I started getting interested in it, and I'm afraid it'll never be the same as it once was, but I'm glad that in 2018, as well, I'll be able to enjoy some of the best e-Sports the world has to offer.

#WingsOfLiberty down, #HeartOfTheSwarm and #LegacyOfTheVoid to go.

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#스타2 #스타크래프트2 #Starcraft2 #Byun #TY #Maru #INnoVation #esports #gaming #progamer #Korean #Korea #e스포츠 #진에어 #진에어그린윙스 #SKT1 #Dark #collection #collector #PC #RTS #변현우 #이신형 #전태양 #조성주 처음 한국에서 @kim.minji.ki204 가 그린 책을 발견할 때부터 (그 #책 읽을 수 없어도, ㅎㅎ) 한 순간엔 큰 #팬 되었고 작년 #서울일러스트레이션페어 에서 직접 만날 수 있어서 너무 즐거웠다.

이제 인스타로 새 책을 받을 수 있는 이벤트가 있어서 당연히 참여해야지~

#kimminji #thejunglebook #정글북 #정글북리그램이벤트 #indigo 한국에서 역사랑 현대 항상 어떤 이상한 발렌스로 공존한다.

In Korea, the past and the present are always living together in some sort of awkward balance.
Traditional norms, values and traditions clash with the influence of a rapidly modernizing and developing society; pride in one's roots compete with a constant need to move forward, and historical buildings vie for room to breathe in the middle of a metropolis.
I hope Korea manages to move forward without forgetting the things that make it unique.

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#대한민국 #한국 #절 #불교 #봉은사 #역사 #현대 #발렌스 #서울 #Seoul #Korea #SouthKorea #Temple #Shrine #Buddhism #Buddha #traditional #Buddhist #history #present #balance #City #koreantemple #development #Metropolis #tranquility #modernization This is such an #unoriginal picture but..doesn't it look just like a #postcard?

#Seoul #Korea #SouthKorea #Namsan #NamsanTower #City #Road #Traffic #Korean #mountain #trees #green #NSeoulTower #Tower #서울 #도시 #남산 #남산탑 #산 #탑 #도로 #엽서 #그림엽서 #남산타워 On some nights, when I'm feeling all beat down by stress and worries about whether or not I'll be able to support myself over here or where my life is heading, and when I'm just drunk enough, when I see the second snow of the year coming down outside my window, I just can't help but go outside, play some music and dance in the snow like an idiot because for some reason it just reminds me of how much I love being in this country.
Fuck you, Korea. I love you.
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#secondsnow #firstsnow #둘째눈 #첫눈 #Seoul #서울 #snow #눈 #Korea #SouthKorea #Korean #Life #Street #KyungHeeUniversity #KyungHee #경희 #경희대 #dongdaemoon #동대문구 #이문동 #winter #겨울 #atmosphere #분위기 #reallylongsentence 어제는 드디어 지난달 #SBS 하고 #재지 랑 촬영한 #내방안내서 #방송 되었다!
내 역할을 크지 않았지만 궁금하신 분들이 내 #블로그 에서 내 이야기를 읽을 수 있다 ^^
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https://anonofholland.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/things-you-only-see-when-you-slow-down/
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The episodes I worked on together with SBS Korea for a show called #GuideToMyRoom finally started airing since last week and even though my role wasn't very big, it's still really enjoyable to see the places I visited and the people I met on TV. I wrote a long piece on my #blog about my experiences in Haemin Sunim's temple, so give it a read if you feel like it.
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#멈추면비로소보이는것들 #미황사
#Korea #tv #Koreantv #Buddhism #Buddha #traditional #temple #Koreantemple #haeminsunim #절 #불교 #촬영 #버라이어티 #Zazi #혜민스님 #네덜란드 #외국인 #네덜란드어 #Nederlands #Tolk #Interpreter @zazimusic @haemin_sunim
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