StarCraft II seems much more spectator-friendly (and modern computer), but are there still any large tournaments that are sticking to the old, balanced to the n-th degree SC1? I can't really make out what happens in Korea that well, it seems like there are tons of StarCraft tourneys, but are they all SC2 nowadays?

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    I'm assuming the two "not constructive" votes so far are because you don't appear to be trying to solve a problem; I voted "too localized" because, presumably, the large tournaments will stop using SC1 at some point. Aug 20, 2011 at 14:33
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    @Matt, the 'localization' is no worse than questions about Minecraft features, as tournaments are bound to change much slower than most games like that.
    – Nick T
    Aug 20, 2011 at 15:01
  • @Matt, and it's trying to solve the problem of 'should I practice SC1 to make uber-money in tournaments' :D
    – Nick T
    Aug 20, 2011 at 15:09
  • Haha well, best of luck to you :P Aug 20, 2011 at 15:15
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    Reopening because I really don't see why it was closed in the first place.
    – badp
    Oct 25, 2011 at 3:21

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Brood War is still very popular in South Korea. In fact, it's still the major eSport there and it's hard to look into the future to say if it will stay that way. Blizzard has made numerous attempts to advertise Starcraft 2 in South Korea(such as prohibiting broadcasting rights of Brood War games on an IP-rights basis, which failed), but so far, while it is going relatively good there, there's not much more going on than the GSL.

However, outside of South Korea, the competitive Brood War scene is dead. There are no professional teams anymore and also no tournaments which pay out money.

Starcraft 2 has pretty much taken over the entirety of the population of Brood War as well as Warcraft 3 (which, together with DotA, is still pretty big in China, though) outside of South Korea. All major organizations (MLG, ESL, pretty much all smaller tournament hosters) have switched to Starcraft 2 and it's only going to grow from here on out.

Balance-wise, it's hard to say. The game literally switches around every 3 months with one race dominating every tournament. That probably won't change until Heart of the Swarm comes out, which is of course going to tip the balance scale around a lot.

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    I would said that inside KR, SC2 has about the market share that it has in the US. However, Broodwars has about the same market share as Baseball...
    – tzenes
    Aug 20, 2011 at 16:03
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    "such as prohibiting broadcasting rights of Brood War games on an IP-rights basis, which failed" - why failed? any references for details? Just wondering! Aug 9, 2016 at 5:57
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    It's 2019 now and SC:Remastered has been released for year. ASL has 6 seasons already, KSL has 2. KSL is the league co-hosted by Blizzard if I understand correctly. Many players from SC2 switch to play on SC1.
    – Ooker
    Jan 4, 2019 at 10:19

The answer to your question is yes. The pro-gaming circuit 'StarCraft: Brood War professional competition', which you can find out more about here, still hosts professional matches and tournaments in the original Starcraft game. However the number of professional matches in Starcraft 2 is likely to increase with the release of future Starcraft 2 games and Starcraft 2 is already featured in competitions at events like Blizz Con.

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