The Korean-based Global StarCraft League (GSL) finals are to be held at BlizzCon in Anaheim this year, organisers GomTV and Blizzard Entertainment have announced.
The GSL’s Head of Operations, Chae Jung Won, said, “I don’t want StarCraft II to become an e-sports title like StarCraft Brood War which was [exclusive] to people inside of Korea.”
“Currently, Korean gamers are competing with Korean gamers inside of Korea,” continued Mr. Chae. “However, thanks to the emergence of frequent foreign tournaments, they are willing to fly over to compete.”
“For these reasons I have decided to hold a GSL final outside of Korea and have been making preparations for it.”
In addition, Blizzard’s Global Battle.net Invitational will see players and teams compete in both StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena PvP.
Between the two competitions, a total prize pool of nearly $300,000 USD will be up for grabs.
“Between the Global Battle.net Invitational and the GSL October Final, two of the biggest eSports events of the year will be taking place at BlizzCon 2011,” said Blizzard's Mike Morhaime. “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.”
BlizzCon will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Tickets are sold out, but virtual tickets will be available for $39.99 USD on the convention’s official site.