Sixteen year old StarCraft II player earns $10,000 at IEM NY at Comic Con

Lee "Life" Seung Hyun, a StarCraft II player from South Korea, wins IEM NY and earns himself $10,000.

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Lee "Life" Seung Hyun, a sixteen year old professional StarCraft II player from South Korea, won Intel Extreme Masters New York at New York's Comic Con earlier today. Lee, who bested Swede Johan "Naniwa" Luchessi in a grand finals that was watched by more than 85,000 people online, pocketed $10,000 for his efforts and now sits at twelfth overall for total earnings in StarCraft II's competitive history at $177,000.

Despite the win, Lee still finds himself shy of the required World Championship Series (WCS) points required to play at Blizzard's Grand Final at BlizzCon in November. The tournament, which boasts a $250,000 prize pool, will pit the top sixteen World Championship Series point holders from 2013 against one another.

Lee currently sits at 28th, while Lucchesi, today's runner up, sits at fifteenth.

Lucchesi's BlizzCon attendance depends on a few players sitting just outside of the top sixteen who will be competing at the World Championship Series Season 3 Finals in Toronto later this month. The Season 3 Finals will be the last opportunity for players to earn WCS points before BlizzCon.

BlizzCon takes place on November 8th and 9th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Discussion

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PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

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Lee "No-Life" Seung Hyun

Stay in school kid!

lukeuseforce
lukeuseforce

When asked how he felt... "Had I spent those thousands of hours studying,I would have earned a college degree and be making $40,000 every year to start. I would have a girlfriend. I would have productive/functional hobbies. I would have a LIFE in the real world. I have now realized all the things I have truly missed. Goodbye Starcraft "

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

When i was sixteen, Winning 10,000 would probably kill me.

shreddyz
shreddyz

His country must be proud of him.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

lol when I was 16 I was doing stuff like getting a part time job, awkward dates with my first girlfriend and getting good grades and regular high school life. Boy oh boy did I get that one wrong. Shoulda just played strategy games instead. 

Triton
Triton

Looks like mom and dad are getting the basement remodeled.

Kjranu
Kjranu

LOL. Them Asians do nothing but game on Starcraft and/or farm gold on WoW all day. No wonder they are winning prizes. 

miser_cz
miser_cz

Literally none give a shit around here. I am becoming really afraid about Starcraft´s future :( Everything is getting trashed by the MOBA wave.

SurfaceNerd
SurfaceNerd

An asian kid good at Starcraft! What a surprise!

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

@Kjranu eSports in South Korea is sort of like sports in America.


Too many South Koreans obsess over Starcraft, LoL, WoW, & DoA, while too many Americans obsess over baseball, football, & NBA.

duron2
duron2

@miser_cz That's not even true. The SC scene is growing more and more as it is becoming mainstream. E-Sports in general was never this popular a year or even 2 years ago. Dont be surprised if you start to see SC played on your' cable TV channels in a few years.

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@SurfaceNerd The other finalist was from Sweden though and that indeed came as a bit of a surprise for many people.

miser_cz
miser_cz

@duron2 @miser_cz I never questioned e-sports in general, just Starcraft 2. This empty discussion proves my words.

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

@SciFiRPGfan @SurfaceNerd The Asian kid is basically the Kobe Bryant of Starcraft, & the Swedish guy is Dirk Nowitzi (sp?). Kobe usually outperforms, Dirk, but sometimes Dirk gets lucky & wins over Kobe. Haha.