Today, world-wide, gaming is becoming a sport, e-sport. In Sweden StarCraft 2 is by far one of the bigger and the most growing e-sport and internationally there are even more gamers from all over the world following the top international leagues and watching their favorite players. There are many other games in e-sport like the FPS (first person shooter) game Counter-Strike, ARTS (Action Real-Time Strategy) DotA, the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) World of Warcraft (WoW). Sweden has put its’ name on the e-sport map with the yearly computer festivals Dreamhack Summer and Dreamhack Winter, the worlds biggest LAN (local area network) in Guinness World Record December 1st 2007. Many players come to compete here in different e-sport tournaments.
StarCraft 2 is what we call an RTS (= real-time strategy) game and is more like a board game, where you don’t take turns, everyone make their moves at the same time, so not at all as realistic or brutal as an FPS game. You must be able to think fast, move fast, make good strategic decisions in the blink of an eye. To do this, you have to know the game, its’ rules, the three races and many maps.
In the game you have a main base where you gather resources (= minerals and gas) with the help of worker units. For these resources you build buildings which can make army units or upgrade your units, weapons and buildings. With your army you need to beat your enemy, defeat him/her and be victorious. In tournaments you usually play 1 vs 1.
There are three races to control:
Terran = the humanoid race (click to see a video)
Zerg = a buglike alien race (click to see a video)
Protoss, also called toss = a futuristic race using high technological robot units (click to see a video)
They all have different pro’s and con’s and different army units. That’s why it’s so important to have deep knowledge about all three to become a successful player.
There are many professional gamers today, pro gamers. They make a living from playing the game, practicing and improving their play. Though it is a very passive sport, you have to keep your body in shape to handle both the mental and physical stress. In Korea, e-sport has been big for several years, the even have their own network channels with Starcraft. Some of the Swedish top players are living, or have lived, in Korea; among them Kim Sase” Hammar, Johan ”NaNiWa” Lucchesi and Jonathan ”Jinro” Walsh. Another notable Swedish player is Marcus ”ThorZaIN” Eklöf who won the first edition of the swedish championship, e-sportSM, and also represents Sweden in the world championship series, WCS, arranged by Blizzard themselves.
If you want to know more we have a link to Liquipedia (an encyclopedia about Starcraft 2) or you can come to a BarCraft and find us in Crew. We won’t bite 🙂