This is the full text of Blizzard Entertainment's February 20th, 2019 press release.
Korea StarCraft League (KSL) is back! Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the global StarCraft: Remastered tournament will be returning for its third season later this year.
With two successful seasons in 2018 under its belt, KSL is preparing to make a comeback in April 2019. 2018 saw the likes of Terran player Seunghyun ‘Last’ Kim and zerg player Mincheol ‘Soulkey’ Kim take home the KSL trophy during the first two seasons. With the first season of 2019 just around the corner, fans are waiting to find out which of their favorite players will jump into the fray to be crowned the third KSL champion.
For its third season, KSL will be taking place at the newly established VSG Arena in the heart of downtown Seoul. The VSG Arena, which is a multipurpose esports cultural complex, is complete with state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities, as well as convenient facilities that provide fans and players with an excellent competitive experience.
Preparations for the third KSL season will start with online registrations, which are scheduled to take place from March 8 through March 20. Online qualifiers will then take place on March 23 and 24, followed by offline qualifiers on March 30. These qualifiers will decide which players will make it to the official round-of-16 roster.
The opening match for KSL season 3 will kick off April 18, and KSL matches will be taking place every Thursday and Friday following the opening match. The 16 finalists will be competing for the total prize pool of KRW 80 million. Additional information about KSL and its next season can be found on KSL’s official website.
KSL is a Blizzard-operated StarCraft esports league, where the best StarCraft players from all over the world come to compete in Seoul, the birthplace of esports. KSL will provide fierce competition for two seasons this year, with 8 weeks of competition per season. All KSL matches will be broadcasted live through the official Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft Twitch channels, in Korean and English.