Match-Fixing Scandal Hits South Korean Video Games

from the where-there-is-money-to-be-made... dept

Online gaming is massively popular in South Korea, so much so that its popularity among teens -- and their propensity to stay up all night playing them -- is seen as serious social problem. But the country's professional gaming leagues have been hit by a match-fixing scandal in which players and officials have allegedly taken bribes (via the BBC) from gamblers to throw games of StarCraft. The incredible popularity of StarCraft, and other online games, in Korea has created enough interest to fuel illegal gambling sites that bet on the outcome of matches between the country's 12 pro teams. The maker of StarCraft, Blizzard, has been trying to take a cut of the TV revenues generated from the matches, a move that wasn't well received in Korea. It looks like that spat might get precluded by the crumbling of the pro league.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Apr 2010 @ 6:02am

    Re: Stupid

    So you don't have a hobby you enjoy outside of work? I mean if you did then cures for cancer would never materialize, your latest symphony will never be heard, the homeless stay hungry...and your wife and kids are always asking when you'll be home from work. Must be hard being the saint you text to be.

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