Have an interest in seeing grown men scream (and, fingers crossed, cry) at a computer game? Then you’ll be happy to know that this year StarCraft II is the game of choice for China’s annual gaming event “StarsWar killer 6”. Luckily for us Shanghai residents, we get the honor of watching this tournament of future carpal tunnel sufferers in our own backyard.
Hosted by Chinese eSports organization XMA, the StarsWar Killer 6 is China’s best known gaming tournament, which features a different game each year (though it usually swings back in forth between WarCraft and StarCraft). StarCraft II is being played for the second time ever in the tournament’s history.
This year’s event (which is in its sixth incarnation) began with 32 players from all over the globe. From April 23rd-May 15th Koreans, Chinese, Europeans, and North Americans battled in out online to be one of the four who advanced to the finals.The finalists this time are composed of one Korean and three Chinese players: Min Chul ‘MC’ Jang, ‘LoveCD’ , Liu ‘LoveTT’ Yin, and Sun Li ‘xiaot’ Wei, respectfully.
The “final four” as they have been deemed have all been given a free plane ride to Shanghai in order to compete in the LAN portion of the event this Wednesday at 00:00 CET, for the prize winning jackpot of 8,400 USD. That’s right, 8,400 U.S. dollars. While no official location has yet been announced, to watch the final online, please visit the live stream here.
By Patrick Keefe