Kevin Kwon, Global Esports Manager of Azubu:
Here at Azubu, we are extremely pleased with the signing of Starcraft 2 professional player Kim "viOLet" Dong Hwan. This is our first step into the Starcraft 2 world and we could not think of a better individual to take it with than Kim. The progress Starcraft 2 has made over the past 2 years has truly excited us, and in our search for a Starcraft II player with the highest potential, we are extremely fortunate in having discovered viOLet. viOLet is an incredibly passionate player and individual who's consistency, dedication, and love of the game and people around him have truly impressed us, and we have no doubts his future will be very bright as both a player and a person.
Andrew Tomlinson, CEO and Founder of CyberSportsNetwork:
As Violet's manager, roommate, and close friend, I am extremely happy about this opportunity presented to him by Azubu. What he has been able to accomplish over the past year, not only in his success in numerous tournaments around the world, but also in his embracement of the American culture, English language, and efforts to connect with the foriegn community, is a testament to his dedication and desire to turn what many would call a game into his personal livelihood. In a time when many refused to believe success in Starcraft 2 could be achieved outside of Korea, Violet's determination enabled him to grasp that elusive success, while playing hours on end shut inside his room at my house in Texas. We made it work,and for that I could not be more excited or proud. While this sponsorship will exist as a milestone in Violet's career as a professional Starcraft 2 player, the ultimate goal remains in our sight. It is time to focus on the future, and with the support of Azubu, his friends, and his fans, Violet's highest ambition has never been more within his reach, his ambition to be considered the best Starcraft 2 player in the world.
Kim "viOLet" Donghwan, Professional Starcraft 2 player:
Hello everyone, I am try to improve my English writing skill so forgive me a bit if mistakes. I was so tired for hiding that amazing news about Azubu! Now I can tell everybody I am AZUBU.viOLet!! Feel better :D Azubu is for me very important meaning. Its new for me, new for Azubu, new for in my life, this makes me stronger I have responsibility with my new sponsor Azubu. Im so happy and exciting in to the future, now im ready to go tournament, it is my turn. I want thank everyone that follows me, you are more than fans you are my friends that come along with me on journey. I am thankful that you supported me this far, so continue to cheer for me! Also thank you my manager Andrew, who give me second chance at being pro gamer after IPL3. He is not manager, but my family and brother. I want to say thank you very much to new sponsor Azubu for sponsor me! Please cheering me and my sponsor Azubu guys <3 thank you very much.
Be sure to send cheerfuls and wish him luck on Twitter @AZUBUviOLet and be sure to keep up with Cadred.org with the latest updates regarding his career, seeing as I've covered his career since day 1 and provide any updates that may occur. Refer to the article below for relevant links (at the bottom) if you want to familiarize yourself with viOLet.
It's safe to say that I can speak for most of us by wishing him the best possible luck in his future career. His first tournament will be August 14th, Gamescom, in Cologne, Germany.
Azubu is a professional Game Media Company based in Berlin, Germany. Azubu serves as a valuable source of game knowledge, walk-thrus, and tips for all gamers across all platforms. Azubu, the main sponsor of the OGN League of Legends in Korea, is gradually expanding its business to include social networking, broadcasting, and publishing industries. More of Azubu's projects, such as Z-Talk and Azubu credit, will be available to gamers around the world with the goal of assisting gamers in making the most of their gaming experience.