Blizzard and KeSPA Settle Over SC Broadcasting Rights

BY Andrew Miesner / May 9, 2011

Anyone who follows Korean eSports knows of the IP rights war between Blizzard Entertainment and the Korean eSPORTS Association. For those of you know may be new to the scene, basically Blizzard wanted OnGameNet and MBC Game (the medias broadcasting KeSPA-affiliated BroodWar games) to pay for the rights to broadcast StarCraft on television.

Today Blizzard and the Korean eSPORTS Association have come to an agreement. According to the official statement:

The fight over the intellectual property rights seems to be coming to a close.The dispute between Blizzard and Kespa will be settled amicably as of now, and a license contract will be signed shortly. The scheduled court date on the 13th has been delayed, the reason being the three parties, ongamenet, mbcgame, and Blizzard coming to an agreement.

Three parties are currently discussing the terms for a brighter future of e-sports in Korea. Ongament, and MBCgame will be at liberty to produce and sell starcraft contents, and open starcraft tournaments. Both tv networks have agreed to give exposure to blizzard with the logo, and the license fee will be given to Blizzard each year, the fee is unspecified at this time.

For those of you who want an indepth look at the history of the Korean eSports scene, check out this article. It does a pretty good job summarising the league battle between Blizzard and KeSPA.