Naturally, the ongoing court case has been dropped.
Mike Morhaime commented that "We are glad to work with KeSPA and both broadcasting stations, who has contributed to the growth of Korean e-Sports industry", and "This is a first step towards a enduring and positive relationship, and we expect to bring exciting content wiht our new partners.". Finally, he added that "As Korea is the center of e-Sports, we will be able to contribute to global e-sports industry through this contributing relationship with KeSPA and the broadcasting stations"
KeSPA's chairman Kim Joon Ho commented that "KeSPA and all the companies that make up KeSPA are very glad to have the cooperation of the best game developer in the world, Blizzard". He noted that "All the participants went into the negotiations with passion, and the negotiations went through in a fun and open way". Furthermore, he commented that "Blizzard's devotion toward e-Sports is reflected directly into the game development. Through this positive relationship, I hope we will be able to accomplish our vision to bring e-Sports tournaments that will catch the attention of many and to grow the global e-Sports industry"
There will soon be an announcement about future StarCraft: Brood War Tournaments.
An e-Sports commentator noted that the biggest gains from this license agreement is the possibility of expanding the market into Starcraft 2, instead of just Starcraft 1.
It's likely two years because of the original Gretech agreement Blizzard has -- Gretech still holds the exclusive rights for Starcraft 2 for two more years. It'll be interesting to see how things turn out when we grow closer to the point, since the old things could easily resurface around that point depending on how BW is doing.
It'll be interesting to see if Gretech gives up the exclusivity portion of the SC2 contract over this. And this also doesn't mean GSL on OGN yet -- GSL is "exclusive" to Anibox for the next year.
Overall this could develop into something more positive and stable, depending on motives.