eSports in Korea is more than a game. eSports to Korean people is what Rugby is to New Zealand, or Soccer is to Brazil. There are many other nations where e-gaming is quickly gaining popularity, but no one can beat South Korea. This industry offers career growth, lots of money, fame, and potential for everyone who likes esports.
We have decided to take a look and explore a bit more about personalities, companies, and other stakeholders running the game in South Korea.
We will create a series of articles in this series. So, stay tuned.
To start with, we have decided to list down three Korean players who are or had ruled the eSports world.
eSports in Korea – Players Who Rule eSports
You may also want to check out our previous post on top Korean players in terms of money earned. In this post, we will talk about the players with the most significant impact on the industry and not just how much they have earned.
eSports in Korea – Top Player, Faker
It is impossible for anyone talking about eSports in Korea and not discussing Faker. If you are a good player, you will often be compared to him – and that is a compliment in itself. Faker’s real name is Lee Sang-hyeok, and he is known for his exceptional talent in the game League of Legends. He started playing the game when he was 15 (in the year 2011). Average gamers would take around five years to perfect their skills; however, Faker took only one year.
So, far he has earned around $1,255,465.80 in eSports. But that is not the only thing that makes Faker, Faker. He is also known for his donations and always looking forward to positively contribute to the global gaming community.
Recently he has donated generously to help fight Coronavirus.
And some of his other positive messages…
Tell us which champion you would like to see Faker play at Rick Fox’s Champions for Charity Livestream to benefit @ReliefBahamashttps://t.co/I70QaLRrH5
All the money goes to the Bahamas relief fund!#Allstar2019 #creatinghope pic.twitter.com/1qLFl8XXAb
— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) December 4, 2019
Wolf (Lee, Jae Wan) is another player who has a profound impact on eSports in Korea and worldwide. Wold is also an LoL player who retired back in 2019. He continues to help in the development of eSports around the world.
Lee has a total earning of $913,084.70. He doesn’t play anymore; however, he remains an active esports personality.
Loki’s real name is Bak, Jeong Yeong, and he is regarded as the best PUBG player in the world. To date, he has earned more than 767 thousand US dollars. He has won a total of six tournaments and came as a runner up in four of them.
Loki is yet another player from South Korea who helped in making eSports more famous in the country.
The players listed above have all contributed positively to the development of eSports in Korea. Their growth and commitment show that eSports is like any other professional sport. You can earn a handsome amount, be a celebrity, and a part of something substantial.