The Global Starcraft League has subleagues called 'Code S' and 'Code A'. Where did these names come from, and do the names have any special meaning?

  • Pretty sure "A" comes from iccup's rating system in brood war, from D -> A
    – tenfour
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 10:51

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Because having a B-rank of players sounds bad. A-rank (Code A) players are still excellent, hardly deserving of a paltry, average, "B" grade, so they just shift up the top to something else: S.

As far as what they are, Code S is the big time league, while Code A has been likened to the minor leagues (though still quite an achievement)

More on this S thing from Giant Bomb's "S-Rank" article:

‘S-Rank’ is a term used in games, most commonly awarded at the end of stages with graded missions or side objectives.

Originally created in Japan where anything below grade ‘C’ was considered a failure. The 'S-Rank' [...] If the player is flawless or achieves perfection in something, it qualifies as an S. Many people have wondered what the S stands for… Special? Super? No one knows for sure.

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    Yep and not to mention that some games even go as far as to grade em SS and SSS. Figured it ment Super.
    – Lyrion
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 7:17
  • There is a Code-B, too, though. -.-
    – Decency
    Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 22:30
  • @Decency It's not really called Code B, actually. The official name is "Up & Down Matches". Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 9:13
  • I wasn't referring to that. Code B in Korea refers to players who are allowed to enter into the qualification tournament for Code A, they have to be highly ranked on the Korean ladder (or be foreigners).
    – Decency
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 20:02

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