Behind the scenes E03 : China and GCS with Keke
First time I went to cover a live event was GCS Spring 2016. I remember my meeting with Keke, seeing her running the show backstage and ordering the players around.
She was in charge and she still is involved in most of the major events China has to offer to Warcraft 3.
So for my last day at GCS Summer 2017, we went to do an interview. Her first interview I believe.
Interview actually happened during the battle between Romantic and Foggy (1-2 victory for the Ukrainian) so the interview was sometimes interrupted with some shouts or debate about whether or not Foggy should have taken that Tinker second.
Can you give us a little introduction ?
Hello my name is Keke. I currently help as a volunteer on the GCS tournament. I play Warcraft since 2006.
I work as a brand manager in a finance corporation. I help companies to promote their brands during fairs or other events.
I am also a traditional Chinese opera singer and I like to paint on my free time. For example I made paintings of Yumiko's dog and Qiaolin's cat and offered them as a present!
I am married and have a daughter. I live in Shanghai.
Keke in traditional opera costume
What is your role in Warcraft Management in China?
I am just a volunteer and I make suggestions. I help dealing with the players logistics for live events. I am usually the connection point between the organizers and the players. I did that work for WCA as well at the time.
I started to manage my University Warcraft team back in 2006 and I never stopped since then. I am also the Team manager of Clan Go.
Tell us more about clan Go
We ended EWCL Season 23 2nd behind clan A1.
Most active players in the squad are Life, Xiaokk, Alice, Elegant, Foggy.
You were casting RPG during GCS Spring 2016. How big is the RPG community compared to Melee Warcraft 3 ?
There are probably 10 times more RPG players than Warcraft melee ones. The RPG mode has many different available games that are easier and less stressful to play than WC3.
The overall amount of players is stable or maybe slightly decreasing on Netease.
Would that be due to the Regional limitation now imposed when registering an account from outside China?
That may be a factor but probably not the main one. By the way, these restrictions are from Chinese laws, they were not implemented on Netease's decision.
Also, Netease has acquired the rights on the game only in China. The platform is not supposed to be accessible to foreign players. It still is, the access is not locked.
Netease is not the only Warcraft 3 platform in China, they have two unofficial competitors that drain a lot of players too.
Let's talk about GCS : will there be another "Super GCS" tournament with 4 players?
Yes, it will happen after GCS winter. The 4 chosen ones would be those that had the best results during the 2 seasons.
Is GCS Summer a success in term of viewers on Chinese streams?
Yesterday, there were 300,000 viewers online*. It was more than for the Hearthstone tournament happening at the same time and the ratings are better than for last GCS also. TeD is very popular and attracts a lot of viewers as well**.
*Chinese streams use inflated viewing numbers. We cannot take this number as a fact, but we can compare it to others stream on the same platform.
**Chinese casters share the games between 5 of them. TeD only came for the last two days.