StarCraft legend Flash comes to Twitch and Razer

Two-time player of the year Lee "Flash" Young Ho announces his StarCraft II team KT Rolster will be sponsored by Razer and will stream events on Twitch.

Considered to be the best StarCraft: Brood War player of all time, South Korea's Lee "Flash" Young Ho has announced his StarCraft II team KT Rolster will be sponsored by Razer and that he will begin streaming on Twitch.tv.

Known by his nicknames "The Ultimate Weapon" and even "God," Flash has an extensive list of accolades including ten major individual titles and two team titles. He was also voted "Player of the Year" twice. He and his StarCraft II teammates will now gain the support from Razer, which sponsored the team's League of Legends squad earlier this year.

"It's no secret how seriously I take my gaming hardware and it's truly an honor for me to use gaming equipment produced by Razer," said Flash. "Of all equipment manufacturers in global gaming, Razer products mean I am fully prepared to win. The way I can find subtle advantage and a feeling of stability in Razer product is very special and allows me to concentrate on the game and winning as I must."

"KT Rolster are one of the most enduring and prestigious names in eSports and StarCraft as a whole, so bringing them on board alongside our other Korean teams such as FXO and MVP made sense," Razer Associate eSports Manager Drew Holt-Kentwell told GameSpot on why the company decided to sponsor KT Rolster over other teams.

"We've worked closely with KT Rolster and their League of Legends teams for a while now too, so extending our support to include the StarCraft roster was a natural step for us both. Overall, we've been super impressed with the commitment they have to the game and eSports as a whole so working alongside them has always been a pleasure. Oh, and then there's Flash. He’s pretty good at StarCraft."

This will mark the first time that a player from the Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) will live-stream their games on Twitch. Known for intense all-day practice regimens and various team restrictions, professional players in South Korea under KeSPA have not been able to live stream their games as players in the West have done, or even fellow South Korean players not under KeSPA's rule. Former KeSPA player Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong was the first player of that group to start streaming, only after leaving the umbrella to sign with the Western organization Evil Geniuses.

"We're nothing short of ecstatic to see Flash start streaming practice games live on Twitch for the masses of StarCraft II fans to enjoy," Twitch's Senior Manager of Partnerships Ben Goldhaber told GameSpot. "I know I'll be tuning in to study Flash's innovative build orders and crisp timings. Can't wait to see you all in chat as Flash takes Twitch by storm!"

"It's great to see more and more players of Flash's caliber streaming for the first time and we're strong believers in the players we work with being able to connect with and reach out to their fans," added Holt-Kentwell. "While some degree of mystery is always great to keep people excited, we wanted to encourage this so the community feels like they're getting something back. It's also important to us that the teams we work with in Korea can become experienced and self-sufficient in reaching an international audience themselves, too."

As part of the new agreement with Razer, Flash and other KT Rolster players will participate in more western events.

Flash gave an extensive live interview with eSports talk show Live On Three with GameSpot's own Rod "Slasher" Breslau, Twitch's Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham, and StarCraft II Commentator Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski. Check out the replay for the full interview.

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unreal101
unreal101

Too bad he doesn't play League of Legends. With a name like "Young Ho", the community there would tear him a new one  XD

supdotcom
supdotcom

It's okay not to care about sc2, but there's no excuse for being an asshole about it like some people are being here.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Is this the news or an advertisement?  It's sad when you can't even tell the difference anymore.  I guess Gamespot has to make money somehow.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

I live in Korea and KT charges reasonable rates! There's a gaming channel here that show these games 24/7. Rather funny to watch cause the overacting of the announcers.

Nevernudeftw
Nevernudeftw

That guy was my favorite character in Street Fighter. Lei Longtime!

FragRaptor
FragRaptor

Flash flash flash!!!!!!!!!!!!! LEE! YOUNG!!! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sardinar
Sardinar

Why is it so hard for people to keep an open mind? You feel your hard work over academic material and kicking/throwing a ball is so praiseworthy that you're willing to shit on any other, possibly new, ways of achievement of life? 

Please tell me how many women you've fucked in the past year so I can praise you for acting like every other animal in this world. Open your fucking minds people.

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

The movies say people fear what they understand, people around here seem to hate what they don't understand.  There's a lot of interesting things happening in the sc2 scene, if you refuse to understand and appreciate it then you're missing out.

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

Flash comes to Twitch? That just ruined my day. 

What's next? Java goes to USTREAM? That would piss me off!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Just gamespot running ads as news again.  There's honest work and then there's these kinds of people making money and being praised like they're really accomplished.  Congrats.  Glad I don't use anything from these companies. 

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Lots of jealously round these parts.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

wow this guy sure has a lot of social life, not

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

FLASH!

Ah, ha...

He'll save ev'ry one of us!

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Breaking News: I'm eating cornbread.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

Does anybody still care about this game? Besides Koreans.

cirugo
cirugo

@supdotcom  

except this isn't about SC2...it's about the weird phenomenon of trying to make people believe that kids who play it are some kind of superstars.  That's a national problem that needs to stay in Korea.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Nevernudeftw He was just a color swap of another character with the same move set. 

gornes79
gornes79

@Sardinar Good point there, and also, it's about jealousy. People are fine to know the guy is so skilled in gaming and do respect that, but they don't welcome the fact that he can actually do this for living. This is not how the system taught them to be like lol. But this is gonna change, and I am sure we will see more and more professional e-sport in the future.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Sardinar Be open minded is just something people say to give the appearance of being on the right side.  I what have you demonstrated that you have an open mind and have attempted to see why so many people don't care about this. 

Sardinar
Sardinar

@Rayzakk There is opinion and then there are people living their opinions to a point where they're in denial to anything else that in any way contradicts it. Have a nice day.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@eze_sl89 He is treated like a rockstar in Korea, get your head out of your ass

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

@LittleSaintGoph A guy earning 20 times the amount that your average 9to5 will get you doing the thing he loves is considered a loser now? Last time i checked in this society that means your doing well for yourself.

I feel sorry you though, must be hard living with all that hatred piled up inside.


Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@KingTrax999 If that's the case we were pretty desperate for someone to save us.  BTW the New Adventures of Flash Gordon stomps that movie to pieces but no one's hardly ever heard of it. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@WantYouBad Wow you should sponsor some products.  Here read this script poorly. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@the_big_doggg Yes.   Gamespot because their parent company sunk a bunch of money into it. 

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@the_big_doggg Absolutely. The release of Heart of the Swarm revitalized the scene quite nicely both in terms of viewership of e-sport events and in terms of metagame and gameplay. 

Besides, even though the Korea is still the best, the non-Korean scene, especially in Europe, is much stronger and much less dependant on Korea than it used to be in Brood War era.

mrcanfwhoopass
mrcanfwhoopass

@cirugo @supdotcom Are you serious? Do you not support Esports in general? If you think about it, his superstardom is equally as stupid as any professional athlete. Stop being an idiot.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@NTenseify @Darth_Tyrranus

You tell me.

"It's no secret how seriously I take my gaming hardware and it's truly an honor for me to use gaming equipment produced by Razer," said Flash. "Of all equipment manufacturers in global gaming, Razer products mean I am fully prepared to win. The way I can find subtle advantage and a feeling of stability in Razer product is very special and allows me to concentrate on the game and winning as I must."

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@Rayzakk "what have you demonstrated that you have an open mind"

I would hazard a guess, that he has demonstrated "open mind" by not criticizing and complaining about the things he doesn't care about, doesn't properly understand or doesn't like without properly trying then and so on. That's a certain degree of open mind right there. 

"have attempted to see why so many people don't care about this"

Firstly, even if he tried, he would very likely come to different conclusion than those people. The most common reaction if someone "doesn't care" is not to start complaining / criticizing, but to move on to the things that one actually cares about.

Secondly, trying to understand and accept the behaviour of people who are intolerant to other people or other things (in this case competitive gaming) won't make one more open minded. What those people want is not more things or new things, but reduction / restriction of already existing things (e-sport news in GS). Nothing new or open about such viewpoint. Not to mention, that they want it even without having the full grasp on what they are actually fighting against (since they didn't care enough to get to know it better in the first place). 

Sardinar
Sardinar

There is a certain level of understanding you need to have for my words to have a complete meaning. Of course, if I just go outside and shout 'be open-minded' to people, it wouldn't make sense. In this case, I am specifically addressing people who don't view competitive video gaming as a path in life simply because they're so used to having tedious academy study or physical sports as some of the few directions a person would take. 

Here, I typed out something that a lot of people would've understood without all this additional explanation. To be honest, I think you're just wasting my time even though you understand what I mean.

Roryx9
Roryx9

@EbenOlemaun @PSdual_wielder And thats why you are commenting on a news article about it right? Because you don't care? Seriously if you don't care then you should just ignore it and move on.

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

@SciFiRPGfan

There wasnt anything new in HotS excpet a few new but underwhelming units and the campaign was mediocre at best. Did not revitalize it at all. I guess there is still a small following with die-hard SC fanboys but most people have moved on.

Sardinar
Sardinar

@Rayzakk @Sardinar It does, within the context of which I presented these words. Instead of being an asshole, you could just ask me what I am talking about? 

benelori
benelori

@the_big_doggg @SciFiRPGfan 

Most casuals probably...

And there's more to HotS than just a few units and one campaign, but I guess that doesn't matter, because otherwise you couldn't make a point /facepalm

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@the_big_doggg @SciFiRPGfan You mean in terms of  competitive gaming or in terms of interest of more casual fans?

Because, as far as competitive gaming is concerned, HoTS was really helpful. Addition of new units such as hellbats, oracles and widowmines or changes in behaviour of some of the old ones (mutas, reapers, ultralisks) absolutely revitalized the metagame which has been stagnating for months and was regarded as boring by vast majority of people who watched and played SC2.

The viewership went also up since HoTS (MLG Winter Championship jumped to nearly 150 K concurrent viewers and Dreamhacks started to get 120 + K, the numbers which were pretty impossible with stagnating WoL).

Now I don't know what you consider a "small following", but the following around competitive HoTS is not that bad. For a comparison, this year's E3 (and this year was exceptional because of new consoles) had 220 K people watching it online on various streams. The MLG winter championship (SC 2 HoTS tournament) had nearly 150 K people watching it on a single channel.

But, I can believe that the more casual part of the fanbase (don't mean it in negative way) has moved on.