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It Was Once the Biggest eSport in the World, so What Happened to ‘StarCraft’?

It Was Once the Biggest eSport in the World so What s Happened to StarCraft VICE United States


You kids and your MOBAs. It used to be that we didn't have any of this League of Legends or Dota business. The heady days of 2010 were quite the time to be alive. On July 27 that year, Blizzard's real-time strategy (RTS) title StarCraft II: Wings of Libertycame out, quickly becoming the world's biggest eSport. Although, back then, eSports didn't have the profile in the West that it enjoys today, more likely to be sneered at than not outside of the Far East. Young people making money from playing video games?Ridiculous.

How things have changed. Professional gamers can now earn salaries to make most eyes pop free of their sockets, and the release of StarCraft II was widely credited with rapidly growing the popularity of gaming as a job, rather than just a hobby. However, in 2015, most young pros are playing MOBAs. In the wake of the meteoric rise of LoL andDotaStarCraft has been left in the dust. A quick Google trends query shows just how much the mighty has fallen. The game was even briefly dropped from the Major League Gaming circuit, one of the biggest pro-gaming leagues in the world. So what has happened to StarCraft, former eSports giant and once called "Korea's national sport"?

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Thanks for stashing this. I was wondering what happened to StarCraft.

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