The running joke of the StarCraft (and indeed, esports community at large) is to call StarCraft a dead game, despite the yearly prize pool put up for the game by Blizzard.
It seems at least one official in the community agrees with this sentiment, and has taken to Reddit to write an open letter to the community.
"The sad truth is most of the teams are surviving thanks to people who love Starcraft, but to be honest, we are all dying slowly, sponsors are hiding or just avoiding us," Sebou, VP of Invasion Esport said."I cannot blame them, who in their right mind would sponsor a SC2 team? When instead they can sponsor tournaments and have more exposure."
Sebou worries that without Blizzard support, eventually western teams will be unable or unwilling to take risks to send their players to a LAN without a guarantee of some sort of return on investment.
"Teams are supporting their players, paying their flights tickets, their accommodations, their food, etc." he continued. "Those costs aren't cheap and considering that tournaments now are spread around the world, the costs got higher and fewer players are attempting those events because teams just don't have the money to send their players."
"If you look at the list of players attempting the GPL in Shanghai and the Dreamhack Austin for example, you will realize that less and less players can go there and in my opinion we are going to a disaster."
The costs of operating a team are very high - so high that Sebou feels that Blizzard should be doing what they can to help western teams, rather than just giving money to individual pros at the highest levels. He goes on to say that in western countries, it's almost impossible to be a full time amateur StarCraft player due to the meager salaries teams are able to offer.
"I would like to say that as a team manager of sc2 it's getting very depressing lately because when I see Riot or Valve helping teams to go forward, Blizzard is not doing anything to help us. They don't even communicate with us."
Blizzard has not responded to the open letter at present.
Invasion Esports sponsors several top European StarCraft pros, and was recently involved in scandal when Juan Carlos 'MajOr' Tena was suspended for alleged win trading.