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If you were to go back in time and tell anyone in the 80s that in the year 2014 people will be competing in video game competitions for $100,000, they'd probably say you're crazy. And, as crazy as it sounds, that was exactly what happened today at the StarCraft II Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Poland.
StarCraft, a real-time strategy game by Blizzard Entertainment, is among the most popular video games of all time. It is extremely popular in South Korea where it is the country's national e-sport.
With many watching on-location live and thousands of others watching online, sOs Kim Yoo Jin defeated herO Kim Joon Ho in the grand final of the $100,000 winner-take-all tournament.
While sOs steamrolled through Oz, jjakji and even tournament favourite TaeJa to reach the finals, herO had a more difficult path. On Saturday, two out of herO's three series wins (against HyuN and Polt) went down to the final game in best-of-five series.
Both players utilize the Protoss race, which has been considered OP (overpowered) by fans who wish for the game to become more balanced.
The grand final, a best of seven, was decisively won by sOs who took the trophy and $100K in the process.