Gamasutra  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Gamasutra  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network More Starcraft 2 Fixers Arrested Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:43:57 -0400 _Glitchchic_

Recent investigations into the competitive gameplay of Starcraft II have led to eleven people being indicted -- eight of whom were arrested in Korea, and one of whom remains at large. 

Supposedly, as reported by Gamasutra, individual competitors were being paid to lose matches. One player received approximately $64,439, and others as much as $30,716. The Changwon Regional Prosecution Services withheld the names of the arrested players, but did release simple descriptions such as:

Progamer “A,” one of the greatest StarCraft 2 players at present, and Zerg player with the most premier tournament championships

The reports of this investigation are following October's arrest of team Prime's head coach Wae-Sik "Gerrard" Park, professional players Byeong-Heon "YoDa" Choi and Jong-Hyuk "BBoongBBoong" Choi on similar grounds.

Suspected brokers and financial supporters of these incidents have also been arrested, including, eSports journalist Jun-mo "Enough" Seong. Certain players involved, like YoDa, have received lifetime bans from the Starcraft II scene. KeSPA, the Korean eSports organization, reports that they will take legal action against them for having damaged their reputation. 

Standpoint: Yet Another Developer Issue Thu, 28 May 2015 21:05:30 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

The game Standpoint is currently undergoing legal issues as developer Unruly Attractions claimed that the game was put on a pay-what-you-want sale without their permission. The company, Plug In Digital allegedly authorized this sale on IndieGameStand and had the following to say:

“There has been a miscommunication between Plug In Digital and [BulkyPix] regarding the IndieGameStand deal. The promotion proposal didn’t go through the usual process, resulting in BulkyPix not being aware nor validating this promotion. We apologize to [the developers of Standpoint] regarding any harm this issue may have caused.”

It seems that while all parties claim to be naïve in this regard, Plug In Digital admits the mistake, and I believe this issue will be resolved shortly. 

Why Us Indie Gamers Should Care:

This minor issue may seem like a positive thing for us gamers to have the option to pay only a dollar for a game if we wish, but if the developers aren’t getting paid a certain amount, issues like this could lead to financial issues within a company and for its employees. This is a current trend in the indie game world, as many other developers have had similar issues with getting paid for their games. An article written by Kate Reichart titled “Top 5 Problems Faced by Indie Game Developers,” #3 states that “Protecting Your Work” is one of the biggest problems.

It just goes to show that if games aren’t properly sold and distributed, it’s us gamers that in the end lose as many games we enjoy may end up never receiving sequels, or even get finalized due to funding and financial issues. For more on this story or Standpoint, visit or You can read more about the problem on Kate's blog.

Intel Pulls Advertisements from Gamasutra Amid Controversy Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:09:33 -0400 Brian Crimmins

It's been at least a month since GamerGate first started, yet -somehow- the movement is still relevant. On October 3rd, Intel listened to criticisms from the movement, and pulled their advertising from Gamasutra.

The ads themselves were not the issue. Neither Intel nor GamerGate has claimed such. Instead, controversy arose because of the choice of venue. Gamasutra employs Leigh Alexander, one of the more prominent writers who wrote a "Gamers are Dead" at the height of GamerGate. The group, offended that Intel might be siding with this (and, therefore, against GamerGate), threatened to boycott Intel products and Gamasutra if they continued to advertise on the site.

Full quote:

We take feedback from customers seriously. For the time being, Intel has decided not to continue with our current ad campaign on the gaming site Gamasutra. However, we recognize that our action inadvertently created a perception that we are somehow taking sides in an increasingly bitter debate in the gaming community. That was not our intent, and that is not the case.

When it comes to our support of equality and women, we want to be very clear: Intel believes men and women should be treated the same. And, diversity is an integral part of our corporate strategy and vision with commitments to improve the diversity of our workforce. And while we respect the right of individuals to have their personal beliefs and values, Intel does not support any organization or movement that discriminates against women. We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone.

Confusing motivations.

What makes this story especially strange is the logic Intel has used to justify their actions. It seems completely backward to their goals.

For example, in their announcement for pulling the advertising, Intel says it's because they don't want to take sides. However, by capitulating to GamerGate's demands, the company has clearly taken some stance.

Intel might be aware of this problem. The announcement also goes to great lengths to stress Intel's committment to gender equality, despite GamerGate frequently being criticized as misogynist friendly. Overall, this represents one of the stranger moments in recent gaming memory.