Last year in December, Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid joined forces to create a training facility in Seoul, South Korea. Now, less than a year later, the school has closed its doors. What does this say about Western StarCraft II?
The training facility closure was confirmed via twitter:
EG house was closed as of September 31. Hwanni and Trot are no longer with EG. Thanks to @Ethan_Ahn for the news!
— Kwanghee Woo (@SaintSnorlax) October 2, 2013
Besides the fact that Kwanghee Woo doesn’t know there are only 30 days in September, it’s quite disappointing news. StarCraft II may still be huge in Korea, but it also needs some loving from Western teams. Also, by having training facilities, it establishes the credibility of eSports – much like having stables in boxing.
I would actually love to see some of the local teams come together to form a training facility. Like eSports bootcamp, it would be great to see our local eSports professionals coming together with other enthusiasts to improve their skills. Would you sign up to attend StarCraft II training? Or how about League of Legends or Dota 2 school? It’s about time we treat it like any other sport and help people train in a focused way.