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Battle.net World Championship taking place this weekend; SSL Brood War tournament allowed to proceed


This weekend sees 32 Starcraft 2 players and 10 World of Warcraft players finally come to terms with their place in the world leadership ladders. They’ve battled with uncertainty, they’ve trekked through ennui, and now they stand poised at the mountaint of definition, over the course of Saturday and Sunday thay will climb that mountain and they will know who is the best Starcraft 2 player of them all and who is better than all other World of Warcraft players at the Arena minigame.

Taking place inShanghai Expo Mart in
Shanghai, China onSaturday, 17November at 3:00 a.m. CET and continuing the next day at 2.30am CET European fans will beparticularly distant from the Expo Mart and most likely unable to attend. Blizzard, being the good hosts that they are, have organised a six channel live stream so you should be able to watch all the games as they happen. You simly need to dive behind this here link.

In other news, non-Blizzard organised Starcraft: Brood War tournament the SSL finals, taking place in South Korea, were almost sidetracked after the organisers received a message twodays before the event telling them they needed a hosting license and broadcasting license before the tournament could be allowed to proceed. You can read organiser BJ Sonic’s response to the news here(though you will need to be fairly proficient in reading Korean).

The reasons Sonic needed the licences was that his prize pool was set at₩ 7,000,000 which is $6442.71. Whenever a tournament offers over $5,000 they are required to pay something of this to Blizzard. The amount and details what needs to be paid to the company are not in the public domain, though some commentators suggest it may be as much as 15% of the pool’s worth. As Sonic had made none of these dispensations, Blizzard stepped in to prevent the tournament from going ahead, threatening legal action.

However, there’s no need to worry as Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime tweeted this morning, saying “Our team is reaching out to them to give them permission to continue.”

So, good news all roundfor Blizzard-playing pro gamers.