StarCraft II prize pot rises to $1.6 million

Release Date: 03/04/2013

In case you weren't convinced that the world of professional gaming and e-sports is serious business, wrap your eyeballs around this figure: $1.6 million. That's the sum that will be dished out to the winners of Blizzard's StarCraft II World Championships.

The tournament will last for most of 2013, and will be split across three territories: Europe, America and South Korea, where e-sports is so popular that it is televised with the same pomp and circumstance we reserve for the Premier League.

There will be three seasons for each region, each lasting up to ten weeks. Players will compete in multiple events across the season, earning points and rising up the leaderboards. Once all seasons are completed, the contestants will have been whittled down to the final sixteen from across the world. These skilled few will then take part in the BlizzCon Global Final to crown the world champion and divide up that staggering prize. All matches will be streamed online in HD, free of charge, by TwitchTV.

"We're hoping that by giving the North American and European players their own league, it will make it so they don't have to travel as much and can focus more on practice," Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime told Gamespot.

StarCraft II is out now for PC. New expanion, Heart of the Swarm, came out in late March and sold over a million copies in just two days.

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