14 seasons, countless moments of drama, and it's finally over. KeSPA has announced tonight that the Starcraft Proleague is officially over.
Said KeSPA chairman Jun Byung-hun in the circuit's closing address:
The drop in the number of ProLeague teams and players, difficulty securing league sponsors, and match fixing issues have made it challenging to maintain ProLeague. As such, KeSPA has come to announce the discontinuation of ProLeague and its operations of the five out of total seven StarCraft professional teams that participated in ProLeague 2016. The decision to put the past 14 years behind us and discontinue ProLeague was a difficult one and it deeply saddens me to have to also bring you the news that KeSPA will be stopping its operations of ProLeague teams.
Furthermore, five teams have confirmed their disbanding of Starcraft 2 squads: SK Telecom, KT, Samsung, CJ, and MVP. Though Blizzard's World Championship Series will continue, it will do so without the core Korean powerhouse that'd gone over 16 years, transitioning from Brood Wars to Starcraft 2, before its first major defeat to a so-called "foreigner" player.