KeSPA Partners With OP.GG To Form Esports Database

by James Bates

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Fans of the Korean esports scene are about to find it significantly easier to find information about their favorite Korean League of Legends players. Earlier in the week it was announced that KeSPA, or the Korean Esports Association, would be partnering with the League of Legends stats site OP.GG to create an official statistics database for both Korean League of Legends players and Korean FIFA player.

The proposed database would be as comprehensive as possible. It wouldn't simply include data about the individual players, but also about their teams, the results of all professional games played, as well as the same general statistics that OP.GG provides already on its secondary site Best.gg. The database would serve as an official resource for Korean esports teams as well as for KeSPA, who is an arm of the Korean government.

In effect, the proposed database would serve as a repository for the credentials of every esports player in both FIFA and League of Legends. Other games might also join the fold in time, but for now, the partnership is limited to just League of Legends and FIFA.

According to the two parties, the partnership is intended to help teams create new strategies and coaching methods by making all relevant data easily accessible to teams. It would also help amateur talent rise to the top, as it would make it more apparent who is statistically overperforming both in solo queue and in the amateur leagues.

“It is very meaningful that we will be able to work with the association that has been working diligently to develop esports in Korea,” said Choi Sang-in, the CPO of OP.GG. “We will be working to make Korea the center of the esports market in a rapidly expanding global market by creating the most internationally trusted esports data management system.”

This move cements OP.GG as the most important database fo League of Legends related information in the world. They are already widely used in order to track solo queue information in both Korea and in North America, but this announcement takes the entire operation to another level. Rather than simply serving as a resource for players and analysts, the new database will, effectively, serve as an archive of all Korean esports activity relating to League of Legends and FIFA. It won't simply be a handy tool that helps players learn who the best champions are, it will be a monument to the emerging esports culture for years to come.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.