StarCraft 2 World Champion Series to Feature $1.6 Million Prize Pot
Blizzard Entertainment has announced a revamped World Champion Series for StarCraft 2. In contrast to last year’s plans, Blizzard is taking steps to further increase the quality and scale of StarCraft II’s World Champion Series for 2013.
This year a prize pool of $1.6 million has been setup across three regions. Additionally, the developer has teamed up with Major League Gaming (MLG), Electronic Sports League (ESL), On Game Net (OGN) and GOMTV to bring 720p streams for free.
Blizzard is attempting to bring StarCraft 2 to a whole new level in eSports this year. Instead of individual player rankings, a new unified global ranking system is being introduced. All eSports participants will be tracked in their various competitions throughout the year, and hence it will make it easier for fans to keep tabs with the professional scene.
Three leagues will run parallel in America, Europe and Korea from April 4th to November 8th; while the Global Finals will be held at Blizzcon 2013.
Once the regional leagues are done, the top players from each region will battle it out against each other in a Season Final at a live event hosted by one of the regions.
Players will continue to earn points based on their performance through the Seasons. The top 16 players at the end of the year will move on to compete in the Global Finals at Blizzcon in Anaheim, California.