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Gamer is royalty in S. Korea Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2007 ...He is in the air force now. Conscripted. Snatched away from his calling and from the fans who revered him for leading their sport — no, their passion — to respectability.
In the crowd, teenage girls squealed. Preteen boys, tugging baffled-looking parents along, craned their necks for a better look.
It was like Elvis getting out of the Army.
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The Land of the Video Geek New York Times, October 8, 2006 “Without covering myself up in disguise it’s really difficult to go out in public,” Mr. Lim said. “Because of the Internet penetration and with so many cameras around, I don’t have privacy in my personal life. Anything I do will be on camera and will be spread throughout the Internet, and anything I say will be exaggerated and posted on many sites.” Read more...
Pricey hands aside, champion finds defeat in a mouse click JoongAng Daily, August 02, 2006 It was probably the most embarrassing night of his career: StarCraft champion Lim Yo-hwan stepped down from the stage last Saturday, defeated at the SKY Pro League, one the largest e-sport tournaments in Korea. Read more...
How to earn six figures by playing videogames The Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2006 At age 24, Lim Yo-Hwan plays computer games all day, makes a six-figure income doing it and has thousands of adoring fans. Computer games have become a spectator sport here, and Mr. Lim is a star. Read more...
The boys with the flying fingers Spiegel Online, February 6, 2006 Lim Yo Hwan can't dance or sing. He's not an actor or a sports celebrity, nor is he a poet, a male model or an heir to a family fortune. In fact, he isn't even well-educated. But that hasn't done anything to detract from his fame. Read more...
The 10 most influential video gamers of all time MTV, June 21, 2006 In America, pro gamer Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel appears on "60 Minutes," endorses his own line of computer equipment and serves as living proof that, yes, you can make money for being really good at video games. But it's in South Korea — where at least a third of the country plays online games, where multiple TV stations broadcast pro-gaming tournaments and where tens of thousands of thunderstick-waving fans pack outdoor, rock-concert-style pro-gaming showdowns — that players enter by speedboat. The nation's favorite game is the sci-fi strategy title "StarCraft," and the most famous gamer who ever played it is Im Yo Hwan, a.k.a. "Slayers Boxer," who mastered the game's least-respected warrior class to become, for a time, the Michael Jordan of "StarCraft." Read more...
Starcraft players' accomplishments TeamLiquid, November 04, 2005 BoxeR (Terran, Im Yo Hwan) is known for making absolutely amazing builds, his amazing micro etc. Also widely considered the greatest player ever, nicknamed 'Terran Emperor'. Won 2 OGN Starleagues, been in the finals of 5 and is making his 6th appearance tomorrow. Won 2 WCGs and 1 MBC Starleague as well. Multiple 3rd place finishes as well. Read more...
Interview after beating JulyZerg PGTour, April 22, 2006 "I really practiced a lot. Yesterday, I played 70 match-ups against Zerg on Raid Assault 2. Playing 70 games with Terran is losing a lot of physical strength. But since it didn’t work out well, I couldn’t even sleep well." Read more...
Pro-gamer featured in mobile game The Korea Times, December 29, 2005 Lim Yo-hwan of SK Telecom, one of the most popular professional Starcraft players, is starring in a mobile game. Read more...
Big names sign on for war games The Standard - China's Business Newspaper, January 17, 2006 Lim Yo Hwan, 25, has a 587,000-strong fan club and is sponsored by SK Telecom, South Korea's largest cell phone company. His job is to destroy intergalactic aliens. Read more...
Boxer gets a new ID TeamLiquid.net, December 12, 2002 Looks like "SlayerS_`BoxeR" may soon be a name of the past. No, Lim Yo-hwan isn't suddenly foregoing his earthly riches for a life in a Buddhist temple. He is, however, said to be trying out a new ID since his much publicized transfer to TongYang Confectionery. Read more...