Nexon head talks Dota 2

GameSpot speaks with Injun Kim, head of Dota 2 for Nexon Korea, about the game's development in South Korea.

Valve recently announced that its free-to-play behemoth, Dota, will be released in North America and Europe this summer before The International 3.

At the same time, Valve is currently working with their partners Nexon and Perfect World for release later this fall in South Korea and China, respectively. Nexon made an announcement itself at E3 that fell under the radar, which will see $1.7 million in prize money invested into their own competitive eSports leagues.

GameSpot had the chance to sit down with Injun Kim, head of Dota 2 for Nexon Korea, regarding the game’s development in South Korea. A standalone client and continued support for eSports is the works, he said, noting he is also weary of the difficulties that lie ahead.

What does it mean for Nexon to be able to release a game like Dota 2 in Korea?

Dota 2 is the result of Valve’s endeavors to take years of community dedication to the next level. We’re greatly excited about the opportunity to be able to bring such a quality game to Korea. We believe Dota 2 will be a worthy addition to the Korean competitive gaming scene.

What's it like to work with Valve?

Our working relationship with Valve started from the development project on Counter Strike Online. Valve is one of the longest and most trusted partners we have ever had, and we enjoy working with them a lot. They don’t have much time for words, but they make up for it with a focus on action and creativity beyond our imagination. They provide us with great inspiration both in and out of the game, and we hope to return the favor with our expertise in servicing it.

Will there be a standalone Korean client for Dota 2?

In Korea we will have a localized Dota 2 client, where Korean users will be able to play globally, not just on Korean servers. There won’t be much difference across the board except some minor changes to the UI layout. Players in Korea can join matches in another region, and can also be joined by international players via lobbies.

Will players be able to watch tournaments via Dota TV and the league pass system?

Absolutely! Being able to watch live matches via Dota TV is something we can’t miss out on! The same is true for the league pass system. Our first official league, the NSL will be available there soon.

Will the client use Valve's matchmaking rankings on the backend or will you be independent of that?

There’s no reason for us to go with a separate rating system. We’re a big proponent of the global play aspect of the game, and we believe it’s the right thing for our Korean players to be included with the rest of the world..

Is Nexon itself providing all of the prize money?

Yes, by ourselves. We will continue to sponsor the Dota 2 competitive scene. It will be our ongoing effort.

Are only Korean players/teams allowed to play, or also those outside of Korea?

No restrictions on nationality, but participants must show up for the tournament matches.

Will there be any teams directly invited, and will there be Western qualifiers?

No, but there may be for the future leagues. There are no current specific plans for a Western qualifier.

Who will handle the broadcast/production of the event?

GomTV will handle the production and broadcast in Korean.

Why have you chosen GSL to run the production, as opposed to someone like OnGameNet?

"I have to admit that it’s always tough to get people to play your game for the first time. We don’t have a magic formula."

We’ve been in contact with every production studio we know of in Korea, and in the end our needs and requirements were met by GomTV’s proposal, in terms of broadcasting schedule and quality production setup. We are always open to working with other studios for future events, but it was simply not feasible to work with OGN this time due to their schedule constraints/conflicts.

Will there be an English broadcast for the broadcast partner, or an English-speaking broadcaster partner brought in?

We’re actually in talk with some of the western broadcasting studios. We would like to let as many languages casts as possible. We’re in touch with western studios for an English broadcast, possibly for other language casts too. GomTV will host Korean live from their Gangnam studio. We will be announcing our English partners shortly.

Will Nexon be working with KeSPA or the eSports Federation to get South Korean teams formed on current large eSport teams?

We’re open to any possibilities.

Do you believe Dota 2 will be a success at PC Bangs? Is this an important area for Nexon?

It’s hard to predict success or failure by any measure at this point, but we are going to do the best we can to be successful. PC Bangs are definitely an important area we want to take care of, and as a result, we’re looking into providing incentives for both the PC Bang business owners and their players.

Are there plans to expand outside of Korea?

Yes. Our hope is to see many Korean teams both professionals and amateurs alike, grow and succeed in quality matches. Hosting international tournaments will broaden the horizons for the Korean players. We will then determine the right timing where it all makes sense. We thank the western community for their attention and support. Wish us luck for the success of Dota 2 in Korea. We expect the western teams to compete and have fun in our future leagues.

With Korea only now getting Dota 2, what is the plan to get people playing the game?

I have to admit that it’s always tough to get people to play your game for the first time. We don’t have a magic formula. Rather, we are trying to be approachable to the community and reaching out to community leaders and casters of note. This will allow us to not only build connections, but also to gather greater insights into what needs to be done. Everyone starts loving Dota 2 after certain amount of exposure. We just need to figure out how to keep them interested until they reach that point where they love the game.

Secondly, we’re planning to run as many and various leagues as possible, in hopes that we can send out a consistent message that we take competitive gameplay seriously. From this point on we will work hard to deliver the best possible experience to both participants and spectators. Our goal is to help the community build more teams and pave the way for Korean teams excel in global competitive scenes.

With how big of a marketshare League of Legends has in Korea, are you worried that it'll be tough to get players in?

League of Legends has an unprecedented second-to-none marketshare that’s been rightfully earned through hard work. We can learn a lot from Riot Games’ track record. It will only be an agonizing uphill battle if our only concern was about the competition.

So instead, our approach is to start with a humble beginning and focus on slowly increasing the size of the overall pie, rather than just our portion. It’s great that we have quality games like League of Legends and Dota 2. I hope everyone enjoy and have fun with the game they choose to play.

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93 comments
Moeremmo
Moeremmo

VALVE! im not gonna play ur stupid game till i see abaddon & Techies but abaddon is my favorite and btw if any new players 2 Dota2 here like u used 2 play Dota2 HoN LoL and u saw Doom against .. Leave the game he's Jesus now, they nerf Troll warlord, Trexex & u buff Doom and Huskar  like doom with sceptre his ult has no CD if he's near u i already hate this fucking spell now no cool down if he's next to u , and huskar when he's on Low hp he'll rape ur sorry ass but huskar isnt that big prob he can still be countered in many ways and latest Update guys Omniknight with sceptre "Global ulti" all units and i think buildings too welcome to dota2  Everyone :)

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

Jesus so many telltale mistakes in the Dota 2 Diary video. Not aggressive enough vs that clearly cumbersome sniper plus she can't read her opposition, no intuition, poor awareness and she suicided without sniper having to lift a finger. She mentioned being pissed at her team ditching her before a tournament--I think I know why they did it.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I still say it stands for "Defender Of The Anus 2"  :P

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Don't know why dota is even a topic since league is the one and only true moba kids... Get your heads straight ..

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

I will try Dota2. Been introduced to MOBA with LoL 2 years ago. Had my eye on Dota since I learned about version 2.

It is free so why not. Also trying Infinite Crisis beta.

Good to be open to games, especially when they are free.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

fuck you nexon, you blocked us latinoamericans

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

Am i the only one who still plays the original dota on warcraft 3?

omar_q
omar_q

Why play Dota 2 when there's League of Legends? 

moniso
moniso

OP heroes:

Pudge: Im standing in peace and then I get hooked from nowhere to get my ass carved in 5 sec.

PL: yes more of the same, especially teamed with Meepo and Naga siren

ODevourer: suck my intelligence

Blood seeker: rupture + forcestaff = win

Sniper: :/

and Gyro...

hXcShock
hXcShock

@DrizztDark You do realize that League is literally just an original Dota ripoff that's been dumbed down? League for for people who can't Dota. Get your head straight kid.

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@thequickshooter  i hope so, btw i dint play Dota 1 since the first international 2 years ago but the wierd thing that there r some ppl who still play it like my friend i keep telling him that i can send a dota2 Key and he keep saying no i prefer Dota1 .. so wierd

WeepiestChimp
WeepiestChimp

@thequickshooter i love that game and forever will, leavers made it annoying but it was the best game..after dota i switched to league for a few months and got good at it but it just wasnt the same, i loved dota...then when i finally got my beta key for dota 2...........O.M.G. its beautiful...wish they had techies though :/

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

@omar_q Classic troll bait... Besides everyone here is acting like X MOBA iteration is directly fighting each other (you can play several - no really you can). Stop acting like stupid sports fans and respect the competition.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@omar_q BWAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH its like saying why be a god when u can be a turd ?!!!

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@omar_q Because League of Lesbians is the culmination of all things horrible in this world.

enartloc
enartloc

@omar_q It's like saying why have sex with Kate Upton when you can screw that 5 dollar homeless hooker at the corner of the street

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@moniso Oh and i almost forgot .. Chaos is a fucking OP HERO!

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@moniso  Pudge Op hero!!! BloodSeeker OP hero??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf! i agree with u gyro is OP PL is op? what about doom? doom! is now OP but pudge op! the idea of having pudge in the game is to counter the carry to not let him farm .. and the idea of wards is to stop pudge from hooking ur ass and let u farm in peace unless if dont know that wards r the most importing thing in game thats something else, there so many op heroes but pudge is not on the list he's an anti carry .. for me i see Tiny is a op hero, he's an anti carry//Carry! with super massive damage if u knew how 2 play him depending on the game situation .

vadagar1
vadagar1

@moniso frankly only fagget lancer is a problem all other heroes are actually counter-able

PL went into a bar... there was no counter :D

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@moniso You seem to be still in the low skill bracket because heroes like Pudge, OD, Bloodseeker, and sniper are all extremely easy to counter. Gyro and PL however are a different story... Gyro is extremely powerful early and mid game which is why he's one of my fav heroes. PL is just one of those carries like anti mage who can take advantage of space created and split push with illusions, hard to deal with in the late game but pitifully easy to kill in the laning phase.

eyesandsmiles
eyesandsmiles

@moniso Meepo, Pudge, Bloodseeker, Sniper? you clearly don't play this game much. 3 of those heroes are pretty much trash and pudge is balanced

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@moniso 

You just told us your problem with Pudge. You're just standing there....

Cancer Lancer yeah....

The others are no problem.

E-Magnate
E-Magnate

@hXcShock@DrizztDark It's not really a ripoff when one of the original creators of DotA is involved, that and there are a lot of differences that helps it come into its own. And if your opinion is that it's a dumbed down version then you've probably not even tried the competitive scene. "League [is] for people who can't Dot[A]." - and generalization is for people who think their opinion is fact.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@thequickshooter  

My favorite Soul-keeper and u??

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@vadagar1 @moniso Earthshaker is now a viable counter. Pretty much any scalable aoe effect, or even cleave (magnus, tiny, battle fury).

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@eyesandsmiles @moniso Meepo is a bit overpowered, but since most people are too scared of fucking up with him he never gets picked.


With aghanims poof (note that this skill has a tiny 6 second cooldown) can deal more than 500 damage in a pretty large aoe and has a huge slowing effect that can stack. Not to mention his first skill which can lock a unit, or several units in a position for an infinite amount of time. THAT ia meepo. I hate seeing people only use poof on one meepo. 

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@Moeremmo @thequickshooter i have tried the game through my friend's account 

the art style is cartoony and out of place 

viper,balanar and many other heroes look like complete crap 

sure it's more advanced, but the new crafting system is very confusing for a dota 1 veteran 

plus like i said, the new factions are really retarded 

Moeremmo
Moeremmo

@thequickshooter @Moeremmo  Have u seen Dota2 Characters? and the sound effects and even the hero voice when he kills another hero? its awesome man.. like if u r playing PL and u killed sniper PL say " too many headshots for u sniper?" and if ur playing Trex and u killed SF trex say " Heh! amateurs" its gd man its gd i can send u an invitation key if u want 2 i got so many i dunno what 2 do with them 

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@eyesandsmiles @moniso Actually he's more overpowered than I thought, if the poof happens with all of your meepos in the same area and it hits the enemy, the dmg dealt is around 1300.