StarCraft: Brood War Esports

StarCraft: Brood War

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$7,555,915.68 From 542 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
1998-11-12 to

StarCraft: Brood War is the expansion pack for the award winning military science fiction, real-time strategy video game StarCraft. This introduced new campaigns, map tilesets, music, extra units for each race, and upgrade advancements. The campaigns continue the story from where the original StarCraft ended. The expansion was released in the United States on November 30, 1998. Brood War was critically well-received, with reviewers praising it for being developed with the care of a full game rather than as an uninspired extra. As of 2007, StarCraft and Brood War have sold almost ten million copies combined.

After its release, StarCraft, along with its expansion Brood War, rapidly grew in popularity in South Korea, establishing a successful professional gaming scene. StarCraft games are broadcast over three television channels dedicated to the professional gaming scene, and pro-gamers in the country are media celebrities.

Despite the release of WarCraft III, StarCraft was not replaced outright by it for tournament play due to both games having their own unique game mechanics, with StarCraft focusing on macro-management and high actions-per-minute (APM). When referring to this game, it is common to call it by its expansion "Brood War" instead of "StarCraft".

Largest Prize Pools

 Tournament NamePrize Money
1.» GOMTV MSL #2 2007$126,451.20
2.» GOMTV MSL #3 2007$126,425.69
3.» GOMTV MSL #4 2008$121,112.21
4.» ShinHan OSL #2 2006$117,583.51
5.» ShinHan OSL #3 2006$117,163.97
6.» Arena MSL 2008$115,119.27
7.» ShinHan OSL #1 2006$115,106.31
8.» Daum OSL 2007$111,427.30
9.» EVER OSL 2007$108,451.18
10.» ABC Mart MSL 2011$106,828.81
11.» Avalon MSL 2009$106,809.04
12.» PDPop MSL 2010$104,504.47
13.» EVER OSL 2008$102,514.10
14.» Bacchus OSL 2008$102,392.69
15.» Averatec-Intel Classic #1$101,675.23
16.» NATE MSL 2009$100,659.53
17.» Hana Daetoo MSL 2010$97,103.63
18.» Bigfile MSL 2010$96,925.09
19.» Averatec-Intel Classic #3$92,771.86
20.» Jin Air OSL 2011$91,788.55
21.» Bacchus OSL 2010 (Playoffs)$91,463.40
22.» EVER OSL 2009 (Playoffs)$90,820.10
23.» Tving OSL 2012$89,871.78
24.» Korean Air OSL #2 2010 (Playoffs)$87,553.66
25.» Shinhan Bank Proleague 2007 (Round 1)$86,240.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Korea, Republic of FlashLee, Young Ho$460,146.34
2.Korea, Republic of JaedongLee, Jae Dong$404,726.22
3.Korea, Republic of sAviOrMa, Jae Yoon$339,963.24
4.Korea, Republic of BisuKim, Taek Yong$307,467.55
5.Korea, Republic of NaDaLee, Yoon Yeol$302,505.84
6.Korea, Republic of StorkSong, Byung Goo$257,763.22
7.Korea, Republic of iloveoovChoi, Yun Sung$189,285.23
8.Korea, Republic of JulyPark, Sung Joon$178,883.78
9.Korea, Republic of BoxeRLim, Yo Hwan$156,501.22
10.Korea, Republic of JangBiHeo, Yeong Moo$146,379.93
11.Korea, Republic of FanTaSyJung, Myung Hoon$126,077.66
12.Korea, Republic of EffOrtKim, Jung Woo$122,190.00
13.Korea, Republic of MindPark, Sung Gyoon$113,171.22
14.Korea, Republic of YellOwHong, Jin-Ho$110,891.49
15.Korea, Republic of GoRushPark, Tae Min$105,263.65
16.Korea, Republic of Nal_rAKang, Min$104,974.45
17.Korea, Republic of ChoJJaJo, Yong Ho$91,106.45
18.Korea, Republic of XellOsSeo, Ji Hoon$89,099.89
19.Korea, Republic of ZerOKim, Myung Woon$88,370.30
20.Korea, Republic of CalmKim, Yoon Hwan$86,554.73
21.Korea, Republic of fOrGGPark, Ji Soo$85,448.35
22.Korea, Republic of ReachPark, Jung Suk$78,378.73
23.Korea, Republic of LuxuryPark, Chan Soo$72,036.32
24.Korea, Republic of HwasinJin, Yung Soo$69,967.39
25.Korea, Republic of IrisByun, Hyung Tae$67,933.98

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$256,339.723.39%


» StarCraft II-$33,999,182.98
» Counter-Strike-$6,051,060.52
» World of WarCraft-$1,594,621.93
» WarCraft III+$1,251,015.17
» Counter-Strike: Source+$4,442,693.39
» Heroes of Newerth+$4,482,469.96
» Halo 3+$5,237,836.28
» Halo 2+$5,929,153.21
» Quake III Arena+$6,357,809.66
» Defense of the Ancients+$6,673,424.03

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$6,793,893.04
2.China China$222,269.20
3.United States United States$92,409.14
4.Canada Canada$88,004.77
5.Russian Federation Russian Federation$82,081.97
6.Germany Germany$55,218.94
7.Poland Poland$29,568.45
8.Ukraine Ukraine$20,745.11
9.France France$19,590.85
10.Sweden Sweden$19,487.67

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United States ArtosisDan StemkoskiAnalyst, Commentator
United States Day[9]Sean PlottAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States NonYTyler WasieleskiCommentator