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ESF players not participating in the MvP Invitational

By Tobias 'noxilicious' .
Sep 26, 2012 23:40


ImageAs reported here at SK Gaming, the MLG announced today (26th of September) that there will be an additional tournament in the MLG Fall Championship: the MvP Invitational. What sounded like a genius idea could turn out as a disaster.

The plan itself was simple but good: Get the best players from Starcraft II and let them compete with the best players from Starcraft: Brood War who recently decided to play Starcraft II as well.

But it is not that simple because all the players are split in two organisations. While the former Broodwar players are in the KeSPA, one organisation that cares about those players and hosts leagues, most of the Starcraft II players from Korea are in the ESF, the eSport Federation which could be compared to the KeSPA but is a bit smaller and not offering that much.

Just one month ago there was some trouble between both organisations as the ESF decided to pull their players out of the OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) after KeSPA announced that their players would not be allowed to play in the Global Starcraft II League (GSL). That conflict left its traces and there still seems to some trouble between both organisations.

However the ESF decided that their players will not participate in the MvP Invitational. That means that the first "KeSPA against ESF" fight will not take place as it was scheduled. All eight players declined their participation which is not surprising, according to FXOpen eSports Director Joshua Dentrinos:

"It was most likely because the ESF teams only got 8 invites and KESPA got 24. When KESPA hasn't helped develop MLG as much as ESF teams have."


Rod 'Slasher' Breslau announced those news at GameSpot and had the following short statement:

"Absent from the list of competitors is any representation from any of the teams under the Korean eSports Federation, representing teams in Korea not under KeSPA, with the exception of SlayerS. All six Korean players invited, among them Jang "MC" Min Chul, Fnatic's Han "aLive" Lee Seok, and Lee "PuMa" Ho Joon, are signed to western teams SK Gaming, Fnatic, and Evil Geniuses, respectively. Incredible Miracle's Hwang "LosirA" Kang Ho and Prime's Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoon are said to have turned down invites."


All of this is giving Lee Chen, SVP of e-sports strategy at MLG, no headache at all. He said that he had no information about the specifics why the ESF players left but also pointed out that he is not worried about any problems as a big roster would offer a lot of options.

Will there be worthy stand-ins for the players who turned down the offer to join the MvP Invitational? A full statement and new players for the tournament have yet to be announced. Stay tuned as you will get all the necessary information here at SK Gaming!

Source: Gamespot


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