If you are an avid or experienced gamer there is no way that you have missed the iconic game called Starcraft. It is by-far one of the most massively played games all around the world in the last 18 years ever since the first sequel was released. This game is responsible for producing the first real professional gamers in the world and an entirely new thing, eSports.
Brief Introduction into the Storyline
The first game featured three species, the Terrans, the Zerg and the Protoss, which recur in Starcraft 2 as well. It’s recommended that you play the first game from 1997 along with the expansion called Brood War released in 1998 in order to get acquainted with one of the best storylines in gaming no matter how outdated the graphics may seem to you. You just have to!
Anyway, in Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty you play with the Terrans (humans) and the game is set in the 26th century 4 years after the events of the Brood War sequel in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy. The story follows Jim Raynor leading a group of insurgents against the autocratic Terran rulers. Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty comes with two additional expansions called Heart of the Swarm where you play with the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms, and Legacy of the Void that focuses on the Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers.
This is a single-player military science fiction real-time strategy based on a classic principle for any strategy game: gathering resources to build a base and army and thus be able to annihilate your enemies. The single-player part means you don’t need to play in a team like other games, but you are able to play multi-player battles online against other players. You need only your mouse to control your units and buildings, although pro gamers use mostly the keyboard in order to save time otherwise spent by using just the mouse.
What are the Largest Starcraft 2 Events and who are the Top Players?
Almost any large gaming event features Starcraft 2 eSports competition, but the largest would be:
- net World Championship Series
- Global StarCraft II League
- World Cyber Games (last one was in 2013)
- Major League Gaming
Some of these events feature regular Starcraft 2 competitions, while some have featured this game in the year when it was released or when its expansions have been released. The best Starcraft: Brood War and Starcraft 2 players are predominantly Korean players such as MC, Life, Mvp, MMA, Polt, PartinG and other, and each of them have earned between $300,000 and $500,000 from playing at tournaments. There are non-Korean top players as well, referred to as “foreigners” such as Scarlett (Canada), HuK (Canada), Stephano (France), NaNiwa (Sweden) etc.
Where Can I Watch the Games and Bet on the Outcome?
Even though there are specialized sites like Twitch, TeamLiquid and Youtube’s latest gaming platform, some of the biggest online betting sites have devoted much of their content and pages to offer eSports streaming and betting. Pinnacle for example has a high-quality page dedicated to eSports where you can watch Starcraft 2 live streams while betting on the events.
This is a huge thing because this way they have given eSports the same importance as their other betting categories such as sports betting and casino gaming. So not only you can watch the games, now you can also make money out of them by placing wagers on the winners or different outcomes. Pinnacle has offered the first eSports bet in 2010. Up until October 2014 500,000 eSports wagers have been placed there and now you can take part in the 1,000,000th bet giveaway. Can you guess on which game the first-ever bet was made at Pinnacle? That’s right, Starcraft!