23.07.17 1448

    There was one professional Warcraft 3 gamer

    4 years ago, South Korea.pngund Seung-Hyun 'Space' Park passed away. 

    A tribute to the Korean player was released as a poem in Korea this month.

    The poem is titled "There was one professional Warcraft 3 gamer" and was written by Chan-Ik, ‘Charles’ Hwang.

    From this, we looked for another article that was published in the Yeongnam Daily Newspaper on August 29th 2008. This newspaper is read in Daegu city, where Space used to live. It's named "I want to live just until I am 30 years old".

    Space passed away at age 25,

    and to this day, he is still teaching us a lesson of life.

    15.07.17 1479

    TH000 in the Guangzhou Daily: "Trying to only live the life of a teenager"

    In the context of an increased will of control from the Chinese authorities over teenagers' video games addictions, the Guangzhou Daily published a long article about the Chinese Warcraft 3 star : China.pnghumTH000.

    China was the first country in the world to register Internet addiction as a a clinical disease and has passed laws to control the access to online gaming.

    The Guangzhou Daily is the third biggest newspaper in China with 1,85M copies sold every day. The article ended not being an interview but the opinion of the journalist on the subject, which obviously aligns with the Government's one. Aimed to break the dream of the "ideal life" of a pro gamer, it raises important subjects such as the player quality of life, struggle with studies and transition to another career.

    TH000 reacted strongly to the article on his weibo and received a lot of support from the scene and his fans.

    Beyond the TH000 controversy, I think we can expand this story to a larger general topic of online gaming addiction, renowned gamers and streamers quality of life. This is I believe, what guided the journalist in his writing.

    One warning here : I do not pretend to have any answer, I am just gathering some facts inside and outside of the Warcraft community.