StarCraft II player Innovation to sign with Team Acer

Korean player Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung expected to join Team Acer on September 1.

Professional Korean StarCraft player Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung, currently signed to Korean team STX Soul under the Korean eSports Association (KeSPA), is expected to join Team Acer on September 1 when his current contract runs out, sources close to the situation tell GameSpot.

Team Acer, named after the multinational hardware and electronics company, has been teasing the announcement since the beginning of Blizzard's Season 2 World Championship Series Finals, stating the player would be officially announced by the end of the tournament. Acer thereafter released a new statement, stating it could not officially announce the signing yet due to issues with STX Soul.

"The player in question is still under contract with his old team until the end of August, a fact that was not entirely certain until today, so he will officially join Team Acer on the 1st of September," the statement read. "The team requested that we announce matters in this order, waiting until the official end of his contract before making public that he is joining our team."

In response to Acer's teases announcements, a representative from STX told Fomos.co.kr, "There was contact [to Acer], but there was no progress in detail on the contract. It seems there was a personal contact to the player while he was in Germany. We were flustered by [Acer]'s article."

Barring any unforeseen problems arising from the announcement of an announcement, Lee will continue to join the team when his contract with STX Soul ends on September 1.

Secondary reports from Fomos indicating that STX may shut down its StarCraft team due to financial problems have yet to be confirmed. STX Soul defeated Woongjin Stars earlier this month to become the 2012-2013 SK Planet Proleague Season 1 Champions.

Lee is the champion of WCS Season 1, and runner-up of WCS Korea Season 2. He finished 9-16th in this past weekend’s WCS Season 2 Finals.

Lee's addition to Team Acer joins a cast that includes Canadian superstar Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn, and GSL Champion Mun "MMA" Seong Won.

Team Acer declined comment to GameSpot regarding the signing. Officials from KeSPA did not return comment by the time of this posting.

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kezrovich
kezrovich

Lol, this might just be the most ignorant comment section I have ever seen, and that's saying alot.

But hey, if you feel like letting everyone know that you are a better person than someone like Innovation who practises this shit over 10 hours a day just because you study in college or work some boring-ass job, then that's great, keep doing it.

As far as Innovation goes, you think that if he had not started playing this game professionally he would've become this womanizer who just fucks bitches and snorts coke all day? If he hadn't become a professional SC2 player, he would've been mindlessly studying in college the same amount of time he plays starcraft right now without getting any fame or recognition for his efforts. That's what the korean society is like.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

Great, but has he ever talked to a woman without having to hand over his credit card info first?

binnismann
binnismann

Watch out kiddies that's one bad ass mofo

Minomol
Minomol

And yet again, Gamespot comment section proves to be the most retarded place full of the most ignorant people in all of gaming. 

If you don't care about this article, don't read it, don't comment on it. The title and subtitle should be enough to tell you whether this article is worth your time, or not.

And please, try to be a little less ignorant, and try to not hate on pro gamers so much. These people have invested a lot o their life into being the best at this one thing we love - Starcraft. They deserve respect.

ndmq
ndmq

When playing game became a job, then it's no longer a game, it's work...Seriously, who gives a crap about how other people play, the only thing matter is how you play and how you enjoy it.

erMonezza
erMonezza

Please, stop calling them players. They're pro-athletes, PRO-ATHLE.. hahaha, sorry cant' even write it with a straight face. It just sounds silly.

I get they get a lot of money from the sponsors and need to play to be good, but call it training and so on it just sounds ridiculous.

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

I'm going to drop over to my friend's house to play some games too. Why isn't there a report about that.

MertzaSkertz
MertzaSkertz

@kezrovich I don't think people realize how insane this guy is. People don't realize he is not only the best Starcraft 2 player out there, but the best RTS player out there. Also since starcraft is the hardest game of all time, he pretty much is the best gamer out there.

MertzaSkertz
MertzaSkertz

@binnismann I don't know if you are being sarcastic, but he truly is a badass starcraft 2 player.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@binnismann That's the look he gives when he get's rejected by a ho.

fedorhajdu
fedorhajdu

@Minomol It's primarily Gamespot's fault, they made a show where they read the most retarded comments of the week. So trolls spam the comments with stupidity, hoping Gamespot will read their comment on the show thus validating their existence :)

NTenseify
NTenseify

@Minomol It baffles me why they are on every article. Earning a lot of money for providing entertainment seems like a foreign concept to them...

fedorhajdu
fedorhajdu

@Saidrex Slackers? Really? 

Korean Starcraft pro players practice 12-16 hours a day, 6 days a week...

NvDox
NvDox

@erMonezza All you're doing is highlighting how ignorant and uninformed you are. Becoming a world class StarCraft player requires far more training and technical ability than most hobbies, and a good number of professions, too.

It is what it is.

miser_cz
miser_cz

@erMonezza The only funny thing here is that you don´t know how retarded you sound.

jagriff333
jagriff333

@erMonezza No one's calling them athletes. Try getting into GM in Starcraft 2 and you'll see why people say "train" and "practice". It is insanely difficult and competitive.

NvDox
NvDox

@Nibraybirk Probably because you won't be earning over $80,000 and earning the respect of hundreds of thousands of fans while you do it.

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

@fedorhajdu Yeah playing a fvcking video game all day! that's grueling. you kids! lmao

aovannor
aovannor

@jagriff333 Er.. everyone in their circles are calling them athletes. US laws have now recognised them as pro-athletes.. when really they are just massive geeks who happened to make being a sad bastard work out for them.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@NvDox @Nibraybirk respect? What to respect? Loser with no personal life who is slacking all day long and getting paid for it? I respect hard working people, not these lazy asses with an ass*ole personality.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

@NvDox @Nibraybirk "Earning respect"...? C'mon! He's a professional Starcraft player, he lost all dignity years ago...

jagriff333
jagriff333

@mucking_foron Not all games are the same. Some are very complex, strategic, and fast paced. Have you ever played SC2?

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@WantYouBad I don't see gaming going to the Olympics anytime soon, but if this is NOT a sport, why is fishing, or hunting?

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Monaro213 @WantYouBad @ParrotStorm @erMonezza Yeah it's not like real athletes have to strategize and read opponents, I believe baseball is frequently called a chess match, between the pitcher and hitter.

I don't think these kinds of pro athletes will ever earn respect, hell the US still considers gaming a shameful geek hobby and still shuns it in general, despite it growing so large.

Monaro213
Monaro213

@WantYouBad @ParrotStorm @erMonezza They're not really athletes, to be honest. It's closer to chess in that regard. They are players, they play a strategic game where your psyche and ability to think matters just as much as your ability to act quickly. The speed isn't emphasised in chess to anywhere near the same extent as StarCraft, but that's the closest comparison. Are chess grandmasters worthless? Is what they do devalued because they don't run about on a pitch all day kicking a sphere?

jagriff333
jagriff333

@aovannor @jagriff333 Err, no. I've been following eSports for several years and never once heard someone in the scene refer to them as athletes. They're called progamers. US laws recognize them as athletes for logistical reasons. There have been big problems with foreign (mostly Chinese) players getting visas to attend tournaments in the US and Europe.

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@aovannor @NvDox @Nibraybirk Can't comment on difficulty of becoming the king of nerds... Maybe you are speaking from experience here?

But it sure as hell is not easy to become one of the best Starcraft 2 players in the world.

NvDox
NvDox

@Payasoplas I never said he was a sportsman, so I'm not sure what your argument is.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

@NvDox @Saidrex @Nibraybirk Just because he has an extraordinary ability doesn't mean he's an sportsman...

"archaic culture"? No! It's matter of simple common sense: HE'S NOT AN SPORTSMAN...

NvDox
NvDox

@Saidrex @NvDox @Nibraybirk Practicing (at over 300 actions per minute) and studying up to 14 hours per day in order to be a world champion contender is pretty hard work. I work anywhere between 40 and 60 hours per week and I find it easier than what they put themselves through. You'd be surprised how quickly the game stops being fun when you're playing it all day, every day. 

People like you need to move past this archaic culture where digital entertainment isn't a valid industry. Society has changed, technology has changed, and with it, the demographic has changed. 

If you don't find it interesting, that's fine. It's not for everyone. But going out of your way to belittle and insult the accomplishments of talented individuals is a bit unnecessary. I personally don't follow any particular sport, but I sure as hell don't go around to football websites calling everyone stupid. I respect the athletic skill of a sportsman as much as I respect the mental dexterity of a world class StarCraft player.

At the end of the day, these are young adults who love games - just like you. Why create a barrier? Is it really that important to separate yourself from the demographic? 

NvDox
NvDox

@Saidrex @NvDox @Nibraybirk What on earth are you basing this on? Have you many any of these guys? They work more hours than most "regular" jobs. What makes them losers? How are they slacking? What did they do to be labeled assholes?

NTenseify
NTenseify

@Saidrex @NvDox @Nibraybirk You know what I find absolutely amazing? The fact that people in society sheep each other into slavery. I mean, at least sheep need a sheep dog. But in society, if you somehow find an opportunity to do what you love that opens avenues to considerable income and don't "work hard" like the other sheep then you're abnormal, lazy and ostracized... Amazing

Monaro213
Monaro213

@TraceSkipper @Payasoplas @NvDox @Nibraybirk Many of these professional players are studying at university behind this. Polt is a great example, Thorzain as well. Hell. Thorzain is a bloody medical student. I'd say these guys have a future for when they retire from the esports scene.