Red Bull to host $50,000 StarCraft II tournament at NYC concert venue

Eight of the world's best StarCraft II players to compete for $50,000 at historic Hammerstein Ballroom in November.

Red Bull has announced that eight of the world's best StarCraft II players will compete for $50,000 at New York City's historic Hammerstein Ballroom on November 23-24.

The event is dubbed the Red Bull Battlegrounds, and four players have already been confirmed through their performances at past Red Bull eSports events. The champions from the inaugural Red Bull Battlegrounds tournament in 2012--Jang Min "MC" Chul and WCS Season 2 champion Ji Sung "Bomber" Choi--will be joined by winners of this year's Red Bull Training Grounds events in Santa Monica and Orlando, Myeong Hwan "Golden" Jo and Jens "Snute" Aasgaar, respectively.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Red Bull Battlegrounds," said Aasgaar. "So far the lineup is very stacked, and it's going to be a good challenge for sure."

StarCraft caster and ringmaster Sean "Day9" Plott will be the host of the event, for both a live audience at the venue and the live stream for those watching at home. The two-day event will be broadcast on TwitchTV.

GameSpot eSports will be on hand to provide live coverage all weekend.

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31 comments
sweffymo
sweffymo

It should say Jang "MC" Min Chul...  Jang is his family name.

RadPro
RadPro

In other words, 8 South Koreans are going to compete.

dussan2
dussan2

Am I the only one that hate watching competitions like this?  It just makes the game not fun.  You keep thinking if you don't play like that then you are doing it wrong.  

Whatever.

vadagar1
vadagar1

who is the cute guy with the microphone? 

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

50,000 USD for just playing video games? Dang.

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

I still don't understand how the Fighting Game Community doesn't get anywhere near this much money in a tournament, and they work just as hard if not harder.

Krewton
Krewton

Red Bull, and energy drinks in general, always give me the squirts. That extra couple hours of energy boost isn't worth the added toilet time, in my opinion. 

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

ahhh red bull, an original energy drinks that wakes you up like a kick to the nuts 

it's still quite a shame they didn't came out with a natural redbull with caffine from natural sources 

Nergathh
Nergathh

I like how they support esports even though Im more into Dota 2. I hope more companies starts to do this sort of things that surely will make esports grow.

ACMC85
ACMC85

Where do I get tickets?

Game-aholic-78
Game-aholic-78

Red Bull tastes horrible and does nothing for me. I once drank one and 1/2 a hour later I was falling asleep. However it is good that they are putting together a tournament. I wish I was good enough to do something like that....

kevin_42
kevin_42

Nice, I'm gonna sign up and then SCV rush everyone to VICTORY!!!!

jt208481
jt208481

@dussan2 what? You are internalizing self-doubt because you see guys play an extremely difficult game on a professional level?

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

@Stevo_the_gamer I know right?  I don't have the dedication nor attention span to practice the 8+ hours everyday like these competition players lol.

jt208481
jt208481

@sagejonathan because they have had chances to come together and organize and not be immature idiots about sponsorship, professional behavior, etc.

jt208481
jt208481

@dussan2 No one is expected to play at their level, that's why they're pros! Just have some fun with the game and appreciate the skill these guys display. I don't hold myself to their level of play because I don't play 10+ hours a day in a dedicated training facility

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

@jt208481 @sagejonathan Although there is a lot immaturity in the scene, it's the only really fun gaming scene in my opinion. Every other pro gaming scene is too sophisticated and they don't leave room for genuine fun for the entire community. So yeah, the FGC needs to clean up a little, but they know that the scene is supposed to be fun, they work incredibly hard and deserve this kind of money.

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

@jt208481 @sagejonathan Yah, I can see your point. I completely forgot about the look that Red Bull wants to give to their audience. I still wish the FGC could get their fair share of money though.

jt208481
jt208481

@sagejonathan @jt208481 That's simply not true. Go look at HuskyStarcraft's youtube or Starcrafts, a funny animation company built on providing funny, interesting ideas for the game. I agree the FGC is a lot of fun, but take it from the point of view of a company like Redbull. They want to reach out to a big audience and only want positivity and no controversy. Now think about all the times that the FGC drama has occurred where there's shit-talking, racial slurs, etc. It's too risky and thus not a good business move.

Game-aholic-78
Game-aholic-78

@Pete5506 @Game-aholic-78 @mucking_foron 

Cool info from that link! (Nerd at heart, I like the info). However I don't think sugars and caffeine affect me the way it does most people... A lot of people get buzzed or hyper off of caffeine or a lot of sugar. I don't, even as a kid I didn't (my parents have said as much.) I think I am just one of the odd cases though...