Set in the 2500s, four species — the Terrans, Zerg, Protoss and Xel’Naga — compete for dominance in a distant part of the Milky Way. Since debuting in 1998, the StarCraft franchise has maintained its popularity as video games improved and tastes changed. In this real-time strategy game, players take on the role of military commander as they command their troops in a bid to secure the galaxy.

Despite its age, the release of StarCraft II in 2010 has helped the franchise to thrive in the age of competitive gaming. Bankrolled by leading developer Blizzard, StarCraft offers some of the biggest prizes in esports, with prize pools upwards of $500,000 available at prestigious tournaments such as the World Championship Series.

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