I know they gave them an exclusive rights deal in Korea, but one of my friends swears that Blizzard bankrolls the prize money to GSL. I can't find anything to confirm or deny this. Does anyone know the answer to it?
There are so many things cooler than that. Winston Churchill, for instance.- Anti Hero00
Pretty sure they don't. Your friend might be thinking of League of Legends, I know Riot pays for a lot of their tournaments (fan of watching both games). As far as I know, Blizzard doesn't pay for any of the major tournaments except for the ones they themselves are holding (Blizzcon, the upcoming WCS)
I'm pretty sure they did fund the first few open tournaments at least partially. I know they made a huge contribution for seasons 2 and 3 of GOMTV's Brood War run. (Which ironically ended up killing it, since KESPA made their signed players withdraw.)
"That is why war is so tragic. To win means to make victims of your opponents and give birth to hatred." - Kratos Aurion, Tales of Symphonia