In August 2016, a week prior to joining Inven Global, I wrote:
I will be able to stay in eSports & evaluate my options / prospects for four more months. At the end of the year, I will decide whether to extend under new terms with Inven or move elsewhere as my contract expires.
It was a very dynamic four months for me. I have worked in three separate fields of journalism, and Inven’s editorial department had the worst arrangement I’ve experienced.
Despite my holding the entire workload and responsibilities of an editor-in-chief, being the only person in the company capable of serving as such, I was repeatedly denied from the necessary baseline amount of control over the publication’s day-to-day operations and editorial directions. Although I did perform my services as a dedicated professional until December 15th, I was constantly frustrated and held back in many regards.
Perhaps the highlight of it all was the company’s cowardly response to the Faker debacle – the mistranslation that never was. Regarding that incident, I have decided to cooperate with reputable and objective third party publications to right things in a professional fashion. As of now, all I can say is that there were absolutely no mistranslations made, and that all capable KR/EN translators in the scene fully agree with me. My heartfelt thanks go out to all of the translators and journalists who gave me reassurance and advice.
I value journalistic integrity over any material gain. Leaving Inven Global was an easy decision. I will miss many of my colleagues, however. For them I wish only the best.
As of January 1st, 2017, I am again a freelancer. While I have been offered several solid full-time offers from both Korea and abroad, there is an abundance of sensitive topics I would prefer to cover on my own before committing entirely to a specific publication. To be clear, I will of course stay open to reasonable per-word or per-article deals.
I entered this scene not for money or fame. Sharing interesting information, drawing attention to underappreciated greatness, offering a refined voice to those in need of one, continuing my lifelong love for all forms of composition – these are the reasons why I started to write about professional gaming. Hopefully my return to freelancing will help me stick closer to those goals.
In 1H 2017, I will be writing about StarCraft: Brood War, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and League of Legends. I plan to focus more on the first two, but things could change.
A huge, sincere thanks to everyone who followed my writing over the last year. In case you missed it, here are some of my personal favorites.
- From a Polearm Master to the Jungle Itself: Bengi’s Fond Farewell (December)
- The Last Hierarch: Stork on Proleague’s death and his return to BW (December)
- From Zero to Hero: Bang’s Growing Pains (November)
- Introducing Ezz (July)
- Riot Korea’s Fall from Grace (May)
- Comprehensive Team Report: Mighty (June)
- Korean dominance, the Western struggle, and why you should watch (November)