If you ever rode the Seoul Metro you will see that most Koreans are on the mobile phone. Over half the Korean population plays mobile games in South Korea. In fact, mobile gaming surpassed console gaming and PC gaming years ago. South Korea is the 4th largest mobile game market in the World after China, the U.S., and Japan. It is estimated these mobile gamers in Korea will spend around $6 billion on mobile games. This is why so many gaming companies all around the world want to enter the Korean mobile gaming market. However, in order to succeed, one must understand the gaming culture in Korea. This is one of the key advantages that Korean mobile gaming companies have over the world.
Korean MMOs are not only very popular in South Korea but all around the world. However, they are starting to get a reputation for focusing too much on monetization. It is common knowledge in Korea that Korean MMOs are focused very heavily on their pay-to-win model. The game does not target the average player but the highest of society. They target the whales. Those that spend thousands of dollars to level up their characters are typically Korean businessmen who do not want to put in the time like most players. It is estimated that the average Korean player spends between $500 to $1000 on their favorite game during their lifetime.
The gaming industry in Korea has been on fire over the last decade. Esports has been embraced in Korea unlike any other place on earth. If you walk along the streets of Seoul you are sure to see multiple "PC bangs" (computer game rooms) near every main metro station. Esports is now a worldwide phenomenon, however, the Korean market is a bit different than the global market. While DOTA 2 is the biggest Esports game globally, in Korea this is not the case. It is important to know which games are embraced by the Korean gaming community when trying to understand the typical gaming consumer in Korea. Esports in Korea will continue to grow as they hold more world-class Esports tournaments.
AI vs Pro Gamers? Who wins? Back in 2016, AlphaGo made headlines in South Korea when it beat the best GO player in the world, Lee Sedol in 4 games. From that point, it was becoming very clear that the advancement in AI technology was further along than many experts predicted. So obviously in Korea, there came talk of whether an AI computer can beat a top Starcraft 2 pro gamer. Korea has by far the top Starcraft 2 pro gamers in the world. Many of them feel the idea of an AI beating a top Starcraft 2 pro is decades away. However, DeepMind the creator of AlphaGo has come out with AlphaStar which now beats 99.8% of all human players on StarCraft 2. In addition, back in 2018, OpenAI's Dota 2 AI easily beat an Esports team in back to back victories.
Junglers spend a lot of time in foliage between the three main lanes of Summoner’s Rift. They fight neutral monsters, gather buffs, and look for ways to flank opponents. While other players gain experience and gather gold, you as a Jungler need to accrue gold and experience by defeating monsters in the jungle. These monsters aren’t easy to kill like minions. Best jungle champions are able to sustain health throughout jungling, and be able to clear jungle camps quickly. While you are going through your camps, you should be aware of what is going on in other lanes. Jungle is the most important role in the game because you can really help out all lanes at any time. Depending on how well and smartly you gank lanes, you can win or lose the game.
League of legends is less than a decade old so we don’t have a legend of the game. A kind of Hall of Fame because many of the best like Faker and THESHY are still playing. The solo killing lane is one of the hardest to master. So which are the top lane champions most used in Korea? There is a lot of pressure that emanates from the long-isolated lane furthest removed from the center of the lane. Going 1 vs 1 against someone else is a big responsibility, therefore, picking the right champion is critical. Unlike those forgotten champions we now never play, there are champions that are very good for the current meta. We polled over 100 LOL players in South Korea to come up with this ranking. We will constantly update this article every 3 months as the meta changes. The ranks are based on statistics in the KR server after the 10.18 patch.
South Korea is considered the top when it comes to Esports. League of Legends is one of these games that is considered to be mastered by Koreans. Users often make jokes including “I’m Korean”, or “Korean plays” when they outplay enemies in a game. This article will break down the top 5 forgotten League of Legends champions in Korea. With Koreans having an image as the top gamers in the world. Many people worldwide analyze and study how Korean meta differs from other regions. These include runes, items, team combinations, play styles, and champions.