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  • StarCrafty2 Admin 2:40 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: breaking news, complicated law, , game addiction, Game Availability, game titles, games, July 1st, League of Legends, news, online game, online game addiction, online gaming addiction, south korea, South Korea Implements New Anti Game Addiction Law, the country’s Ministry of Culture   

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    Article: South Korea is going to start letting parents decide when their kids can game.

    In a move to combat online game addiction, the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has, of July 1st, implemented a system that prevents children under the age of 18 from playing games during a period that their parents or legal representatives set.

    Over 100 game titles will be added to this banlist, and some notable games included are League of Legends, Aion and StarCraft 2. The banlist is part of a new and complicated law in Korea against online gaming addiction.

    Games in the ‘Selection System of Game Availability Period’ are online titles, and must be made by companies that have over 300 employees and make more than US$27 million in annual revenues. Games like Diablo 3 and Blade&Soul aren’t included in the banlist, as only players aged 18 and over can play those titles in South Korea anyway.

    We’ll probably start seeing other countries overtake the South Koreans in StarCraft 2 soon, then.

    (Source: Gamasutra; Image: Cadred.org)

  • StarCrafty2 Admin 11:44 pm on August 17, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: best player, Chris "HuK" Loranger, difficult period, , EG, evil geniuses, liquid contract, lucrative deal, negotiation period, negotiation process, recognizable face, south korea, sports organization   

    HuK signs lucrative deal with EG; IdrA to Korea

    After a teaser campaign that some will say was somewhat too drawn out, Evil Geniuses have made their grand reveal: Chris “HuK” Loranger has left Team Liquid and has signed a reportedly 6-figure deal with EG, North America’s most established e-sports organization today. “With his Liquid contract expring,” the announcement stated, “we decided that we didn’t want to spend another year looking in from the outside.” After a weeks-long negotiation process with Loranger and Team Liquid boss Victor Goosens, a deal was struck and EG purchased the remainder of Loranger’s contract.
    Moreover, Loranger’s new teammate and longtime rival, Greg “IdrA” Fields, will be teaming up with HuK as he moves to South Korea to live and practice with another of EG’s recent signings, Ho Joon ‘PuMa’ Lee. More details about the training facility will be made available in October.

    HuK’s move to EG marks the end of a nearly 1-year long term with Team Liquid. HuK had joined the team in September of 2010 and has since grown to become not only the team’s most recognizable face, but arguably its best player. With his recent success in tournaments like DreamHack Summer and HomeStory Cup 3 and yesterday’s advancement into the GSL August Code S Ro16, the Canadian Protoss player has steadily been cementing himself as the best foreign StarCraft 2 player. Just last week, however, he failed to advance in the North American Battle.net Invitational, derailing his chance to represent North America at BlizzCon 2011 later this year.

    At the time of the announcement, Team Liquid’s CEO Victor “Nazgul” Goosens released a statement of his own, entitled “Farewell’ Liquid`HuK”. In his letter, he discusses what the negotiation process was like.
    The last few weeks were the negotiation period of Huk’s contract. We had known since a few months ago that it would be a difficult period. Coming off winning championships at Dreamhack and HSC, and with a legion of fans supporting him, it was obvious that there would be a lot of interest in acquiring HuK. For us, this meant making him an offer that we felt would rival any other offer that we thought could be made. To the furthest extent our finances would allow, we tried to keep HuK with the team. HuK, too, wanted to stay very much. He loved being a part of Liquid, and was willing to stay with us for significantly less than other teams. However, the offer that he received from EG wasn’t just significant, it was potentially life-changing.

    Alex Garfield, EG’s Executive Director, said:

    I understand that this announcement will be upsetting to much of the TL community. I’m very well aware that Liquid fans don’t tend to be the biggest EG fans. But I would like to request that, regardless of how you feel about EG, you please don’t think differently about HuK because of this change – as you can see, his former teammates and management at Liquid certainly don’t. I’m sure some of you may think that you’ll never be able to see EG.HuK the same way you saw Liquid`HuK. But, before you jump to any conclusions, please, just give it a try. He’s still HuK. And after all, the concept of him, IdrA, and PuMa competing together in Korea should spark at least a little bit of intrigue in even the most ardent of EG anti-fans.

    Both HuK and PuMa will represent Evil Geniuses this week at the first stop of the IEM’s sixth season: Global Challenge Cologne at GamesCom 2011.

    Source: Evil Geniuses

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