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.