“This panel, we’re just going to show our gay,” Lai Frances proclaimed to the packed crowd at KCon’s panel on LGBT fandom in Korean pop music. The K-Pop fans in attendance roared with approval.
One dreary Saturday morning in New York, I shuttled across the river into New Jersey for what can be best described as fandom gone wild: KCON, an annual K-Pop festival. It draws fans from all over the region for a two-day celebration of everything Korean culture.
Given Overwatch’s popularity in Korea, it’s not surprising that Overwatch League has a separate broadcast with Korean commentary in addition to the regular English one. What is surprising is how much English-speaking viewers suddenly care about it in the wake of the Korean commentary team electing not to mention the…
Three game companies—including online giants Nexon—have been fined almost one million dollars by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission over deceptive loot box practices.
Overwatch League’s minor league, Contenders, kicked off with a bang over the weekend. Also, karaoke.
Over the weekend, a Korean company called Inven broadcast the finals of Korea’s first amateur all-women Overwatch tournament. It was a damn good match.
In the lead-up to last night’s finals in the League Champions Korea summer playoffs, Longzhu Gaming made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that any opponent should probably ban Jayce against them.
Sim Sang-jung is a politician currently running for President in the wake of South Korea’s disastrous corruption scandal. She (or at least someone on her campaign team) knows that a good way to reach out to the kids is with Overwatch Play of the Game videos, in which her kills are political owns.
In a now-famous Overwatch video, a Korean player is banned mid-match because of his shameless hacking. He’s streaming himself as Widowmaker, effortlessly flinging himself across the map and landing perfect headshots in-air. A Hanzo approaches, and in a moment, he’s gone. Widowmaker’s crosshairs, which were feet away…
During his recent trip to Korea Conan O’Brien stopped by a PC bang, a place where teens and young adults gather to play bizarro Counter-Strike and really old StarCraft.
South Korea’s mandatory military service is a tough one. The length of service is around 21 months, applies to males between 18 and 35, and it’s not a place where games like Hearthstone are allowed. Except if you’re a dedicated fan like these soldiers who, unable to play the real game, made their own version.
Team Liquid is reporting that up to eleven people have been arrested in Korea in association with allegations of match-fixing and illegal gambling on StarCraft II matches.
I'm still not quite sure what I just watched.
LostArk is an upcoming PC game from Korean studio Smilegate. It looks nutso.
How much is a good League of Legends player worth? Well, if Korean media reports are correct, a cool million dollars. That's supposedly how much is being offered for LoL super star Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.
This is one of Maersk's Triple-E cargo ships. When it's done, it will be the single largest ship on the planet. So yeah, seeing it under construction is pretty cool.
After a somewhat quiet reveal last year, Korean MMO Black Desert has been blowing socks off for the last week with its character creation system and ambitious design.