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Wednesday, August 27 • 4:59pm - 6:29pm
State Of Play

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Every year thousands of South Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time. Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multi-million dollar business. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. 24hr TV networks devote entire theme shows to a single player, while teenage girls from Seoul devote their entire teenage life to the fan club of their favourite gaming star.

As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a Starcraft player isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea.They are envied and admired because they do what they love and make a lot of money doing so. Unfortunately few people realise these gamers live a spartan life of training and competition - just as any other professional athlete.

However, a series of radical events has broken the status quo of the Korean eSports scene. First there was the match-fixing scandal, where several high profile players were caught losing games in exchange for money. Soon after that, Starcraft II, a follow-up to the game was released.New players entered the scene and brand new tournaments were established. As eSports finally became global, the South-Korean professional gaming scene faced a clear-cut choice: adapt or perish.

In this story, we follow 3 characters in different stages of their career as a Pro-Gamer in South Korea. For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: Jae-Dong Lee, Joon-Hyuck Kim, Yohan Park, Kim Jee Seon
DIRECTOR: Steven Dhoedt
PRODUCERS: Gert Van Berckelaer
MUSIC:  Regina Lok Yan To


Directors
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Steven Dhoedt

Steven studied film at the RITS Film Academy in Brussels and graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts. After his studies he settled in Hong Kong for several years where he gained experience as a freelancer producer and director in the local video- and TV commercial industry. In 2003 he founded the Belgian based production company VISUALANTICS, focusing on creative documentaries, fiction films and new media projects. He made his documentary debut... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Gert Van Berckelaer

Producer, "State Of Play".   Gert Van Berckelaer (°1973, Antwerpen) lived in Colorado, USA after his high school where he got his degree in Liberal Arts. Back in Belgium he studied social and political sciences with a specialization in communication at the KULeuven and audiovisual arts at Sint Lukas in Brussels.  After his studies he settled in Brussels and started working as a freelance editor and director for commercials and tv... Read More →
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Kim Joon Hyuk, Film Subject

In the film, Kim Joon Hyuk is 16 years old. He made it to the finals of the “Door to Challenge, and he was selected by the Woongjin team at the annual official draft in March 2010. It was one of the key moments of his life. That day, the Woongjin coach handed him the official team uniform. Shortly after the selection Joon Hyuk left the apartment of his parents and moved into the Woongjin team house in Seoul. However, the real test begins... Read More →
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Lee Jae Dong, Film Subject

Jae Dong began his pro league career when he was only 17 years old.When he turned 18, he was making 115,000 euros per year and was on track to be one of the best players of all time. It was that year that his parents realized they had incorrectly judged the career plans of their son. Lee Jae-Dong is now 24 years old and and already a senior in a game with so much unrelenting competition. What started as a game for Lee Jae-Dong has now become hard... Read More →
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Park Yo Han, Film Subject

In the film, Park Yo Han is 16 and lives with his parents, older brother and younger sister in Cheonan, a city 200km south of the capital Seoul. Yo Han has been dreaming for years to become a ProGamer. With the help of his older brother he could convince his parents to interrupt his high-school studies for one year. Each month he takes part in the "Door to Challenge, a tournament in Seoul where many Korean amateur players come to participate. The... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 4:59pm - 6:29pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

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