If I could make the court proceedings go any way I wanted, I would want it to be something like this:
Blizzard. "We made this game, we own all things related to it. Therefore we own eSports.
South Korea. "Please make eSports happen in the U.S.A.. Show us how easy it is to build an industry from nothing. Without South Korea eSports is still a pathetic neckbeard-fest.
South Korean Witnesses. "OH BURN!"
Of course, that is unlikely.
Do you know that in Canadian cities, children are encouraged from the first moment they can speak to cheer for their city's hockey team? It makes them loyal to the industry, and turns them into customers for the team's brand for the rest of their lives.
That's what Brood War is like for me.
I've watched Brood War since I was a little kid. Lots of us have. Now we are in our final years of university, or we already have a job. Yet we're still loyal to the game. We still love the game. We still watch it.
Why doesn't Blizzard understand this?
Do they think that they can manufacture that kind of loyalty in a year? Do they think that when they make SC3, or some other game, that we will all just switch over again, continually? I'm sorry, that is not possible. There are people who are fans of many sports, and there could be people who are fans of many eSports, but if the brand I become loyal to and buy hats for is going to expire in a few years, it does not feel as precious. I become a less willing consumer.
I remember in 10th grade the salaries of progamers were first released. Do you remember the outrage people felt that Free only makes 6k USD a year? Yet that was actually an average salary for anyone in South Korea. That wasn't what I focused on of course. I saw NaDa sign a big contract for 200k a year for three years or something like that. I told everybody I knew at school. PS: No one I knew at school even followed StarCraft proscene.
I remember before every game I would choose which player I wanted to win. I would get so excited and be so attentive the whole game. I did that again today. It was so nostalgic. It doesn't matter who they are, just choose.
I remember when two players I really liked would face off against each other. I actually had moral qualms about trying to pick who I wanted to cheer for. I couldn't accept just watching the game back then. I was so into it. Today I am again. Forcing myself to be decisive. Reliving a part of my life that was slipping away.
Call me a huge nerd, but SC:BW is an important part of my life. I can't let it go so easily. I can't say 'in with the new, out with the old' even jokingly.
It made me so happy today, when I found out Manifesto still watches every BW game. I'm not the only one who can't let this game go. It's not just something Blizzard owns and sells. It's greater than them.
Please share your great memories from your BroodWar childhood.
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