StarCraft 2 at Blizzcon just got a whole lot more awesome. Blizzard has just announced that the Korean Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) October finals will be held at Blizzcon on top of the 2011 Global Battle.net Invitational. Between the two tournaments almost $300,000 will be on the line. The tournament takes place in Anaheim from October 21 to 22 but if you can't make it to California you'll be able to check the tournaments out online at Blizzcon's website.
The GSL features the best competitve SC2 players in the world, and this event will mark the first time that the GSL final will take place outside of Korea.
"We're looking forward to witnessing the high level of competition between the pro gamers participating in these events alongside our attendees at BlizzCon and the viewers at home," said Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard.
With the GSL partnering up for events like Blizzcon and Major League Gaming, it's indicative that the Koreans want to help make SC2 a global eSports title which is great.
"I hope GSL becomes a festival for all the eSports fans around the globe," said Mr. Chae, Director of the GSL. "I don’t want StarCraft 2 to become an e-sports title like StarCraft Brood War which was excluded to people inside of Korea. Currently, Korean gamers are competing with Korean gamers inside of Korea. However, thanks to the emergence of frequent foreign tournaments, they are willing to fly over to compete. They are also very impressed and are enjoying the support from foreign fans."
I couldn't be more thrilled to see an even wider variety of my favorite Korean SC2 players attending Blizzcon. What do you think of the GSL October finals coming to Blizzcon? Do you like the idea of the Koreans coming over or do you think that this will have a negative effect on future GSL tournaments?