The lights are on
Following IGN's acquisition by Ziff Davis, news came down that the outlet would no longer be running their popular eSports league. Blizzard has stepped forward to take over the reigns, acquiring the technology and members of the team. The buyout gives Blizzard the means to create companion mobile and web content to support its titles. The operations of the league will not be continued by the StarCraft developer.
ESports have grown in popularity over the past decade, with Blizzard's own StarCraft and StarCraft II staples of the digital arena. It seems logical that Blizzard would want to leverage their new acquisition to provide new and more interactive ways to view professional matches. For example, during PAX Prime in September 2012, RedBull hosted a StarCraft II tournament allowing viewers to vote on match conditions that kept competitors on their toes. We've reached out to Blizzard to find out more about their plans to use the IPL assets.
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Never even heard of it before today. RIP, I guess?
*shrugs in mild-confusion*
Sorry to the people who enjoyed this, but I found it annoying when they would play their matches where they would normally put their five big stories. I won't be missing it.
I haven't watched a pro SC game in forever.
I wish Ziff Davis didn't buy IGN. Otherwise, 1 UP would still be around.
Never heard of it.
I hardly visit IGN's website anymore. Good for you, Blizzard.
Hmm, now that's an interesting development.