“Korea is the ideal exchange destination for eSports fans”

If you are an eSports fan, consider studying abroad in Korea – the e-Sports capital of the world. You will be surrounded by events, tournaments, cosplayers, PC-Bangs and thousands of eSports enthusiasts.

Gaming is considered to be a major social activity in South Korea
Gaming is considered to be a major social activity in South Korea

eSports in Korea – LoL, Overwatch and Strarcraft

Esports in Korea has become part of everyday life. It first became famous with Starcraft: Brood War around 20 years ago. By this time, tournaments were selling out while also being broadcasted live on TV.

Today it has grown to incredible heights. Where as Starcraft used to be the sole game, we now have many other titles: League of Legends, Hearthstone, CS:GO, Stracraft II, Heroes of the Storm and Dota 2. Koreans typically dominate most games. In 2017, Korean teams won 5 major tournaments in 24 hours.

esport players are more popular than athletes in traditional sports in South Korea
SKT T1 Faker – Best League of Legends Player of All Time

Professional teams are sponsored by large companies such as SK Telecom, Samsung and Jin Air. The eSports infrastructure in Korea is incredible. Teams have their own gaming-houses, cooks, coaches, analysts and the players are paid generous salaries.

Cosplaying has become part of eSports culture in Korea. It is not strange to see countless people dress as their favourite game characters.

Read more: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About South Korea

PC-Bangs in Korea

Whereas in most countries, internet cafes have disappeared due to easy and quick internet access at home. In Korea, internet cafes or famously known as PC-bangs, are still very alive and booming. This is where a student can take advantage of the gaming and eSports scene in Korea. PC-bangs in Korea are literally everywhere. Students love spending their free time in PC-bangs and they are located near universities and busy areas. You can play all the popular titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, and other famous games!

They are relatively cheap, so you can spend countless hours without worrying too much about the price. You and your friends can even order food to some PC-bangs in case you are preparing for a hardcore gaming session.

Enjoy the nigh time in Seoul - There are plenty of activities you can do during night time in Seoul
Enjoy the night time in Seoul

Watch eSports Live in Korea

It is easy to go watch League of Legends, Overwatch, Starcraft, Hearthstone and other games. Tickets are around 4$ and you buy them online. The matches are held at the OGN and SPOTV studios and you can go by public transport. However, you can always watch it on TV or on Twitch.tv with your friends if you don’t have the time. Pay attention to the schedules! You might have the possibility to watch a grand final.

Large tournaments and grand finals are held at stadiums/arenas. Tickets are pricier, but you can encounter many cosplayers and the atmosphere is breath-taking. In 2014, the League of Legends World Championship was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

There are many different cosplay conventions happening every month in Seoul
Overwatch Cosplay Competition at OGN

Korea is the ideal exchange destination for eSports fans. You are surrounded by the best organisations and players in the world, fantastic infrastructure and eSports atmosphere. Enjoy student friendly PC bangs and live events while studying towards your degree. As if that wasn’t enough, the night life, culture, nature and food are all impressive reasons to study in Korea

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This text was written by our intern Gareth! 

 

 

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