"StarCraft II is like playing chess while playing the piano." - Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski
In 1998, Blizzard Entertainment, publishers of the online games Diablo and World of Warcraft, released a new title called StarCraft. It was a real-time strategy game, where players built an economy, created armies and waged war against their opponents.
StarCraft was met with critical acclaim and considered the best title in the genre. But, little did anyone know, that in South Korea, this game was about to alter popular culture in a significant way.
What started as interest in StarCraft turned to frenzy, thousands of internet cafes, known as "PC Bangs," sprouted on every block to meet demand. Playing StarCraft with friends in a PC Bang quickly became the thing to do. But before long, exceptional players began to stand out in each of these PC Bangs.
PC Bang owners everywhere saw a new opportunity. They began pitting their best players against the neighboring establishments.
The culture of electronic sports – esports – was born.
Today you will find tournaments with 5 million dollar purses that take place in multi-million dollar stadiums designed for esports where they are broadcast to millions of people all over the world via networks formatted for esports and the online streaming medium.
GAMECHANGERS: Dreams of BlizzCon follows two young men that sat in those PC Bangs as youngsters. Their dreams would begin there and carry them out of poverty, onto the world stage where they would eventually stand as champions.
When we meet them in in the film, however, extended slumps have worn away the sheen of their championship status. Both find themselves struggling against the younger faster players and each of them are facing personal challenges that if not confronted, threaten to ruin their careers.
Jang, "MC" Min Chul has achieved everything a player could ever want in the game yet the Korean fans have turned on him. Taunts from Korea claiming he is a “runner” have become too much to bear and his once fixated goal of winning at BlizzCon have become mired in drama and thoughts about his future.
MMA’s mandatory military service looms. His country is calling. Two years of military service are a “death sentence” for gaming careers and as he faces what may be his last year as a pro gamer he wrestles with the depressing reality that his hands have slowed and the demands of others are taking a toll.
Can they overcome these harsh realities of a pro gaming life before it’s too late? Join us as we explore their fascinating world and follow along on their journey to realize their Dreams of BlizzCon.
Mun Song Wan "MMA"
Jang Min Chul "MC"
MUN SEONG WON
* 3RD-4TH: 2013 World Championship Series Season 2
Europe Premiere League
1st: 2011 Global StarCraft II League Blizzard Cup.
1st: 2011 2011 Global StarCraft II League Code-S October
DID YOU KNOW?
MMA was dubbed the "Legend Killer" when he first broke
into the scene, taking out the likes of Mvp, MC, and NaDa.
WHERE IS MMA NOW?
After filming completed, Seon Won went on to do his mandatory military service. After two years of being completely disconnected from the game, he is back and attempting to regain the skill he left with. Recently he won Nation Wars with Soo and Innovation. If anyone can come back from the military it is this man. We wish him well and we will be watching.
JANG MIN CHUL
Global esports Management
* 2nd: 2013 World Championship Series Season 2 Europe Premier
League. 1st: Intel Extreme Masters Season VI World Championship
1st: 2011 Global StarCraft II League Code-S March
DID YOU KNOW?
MC was the first player to win two Global StarCraft II League
championship titles and he is known for his eccentric winning
WHERE IS MC NOW?
After Blizzcon, MC briefly joined CJ Entus. Shortly thereafter he announced his retirement from pro gaming. On November 2, 2016, it was announced that MC would coach Kongdoo's League of Legends team. He is currently working hard to improve his team.