Starcraft is played professionally actively in South Korea. The two major game channels, Ongamenet and MBC Game, each run a Starleague, viewed by millions of fans. Starting in about 2002, pro-gamers started to become organized into teams, with large South Korean companies like SK Telecom and KTF sponsoring them.
KeSPA stands for Korean e-Sports Players Association and publishes a monthly calculation of rankings based on a point scale. It is a rolling system based on the past 12 months of performance in both major and minor events, awarding points based on winning percentage, finish, and prize money. It is further scaled based on the relative importance of the event.
Professional Starcraft Players
* Lim Yo-Hwan (SlayerS `BoxeR`) (Terran)
Known to Koreans as the "Terran Emperor", Boxer is the most popular Starcraft player in Korea due to his highly creative play. He is also probably the most successful (with the possible exception of Nada), having won the World Cyber Games (WCG) twice and having won the OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) twice. In 2005, Boxer is still going strong, ranked 8th in the March 2006 KeSPA rankings.