This is the GSL e-Sports Mechanical Keyboard, which is a variant of the ZOWIE Celeritas mechanical keyboard. At release in 2013 it retailed for $169 US Dollars. This GSL e-Sports Keyboard is no different from the standard ZOWIE Celeritas it just has the Global Starcraft II League (GSL) branding and colours. The standard ZOWIE Celeritas was released in 2010 and retailed for $108.99 US Dollars.
The GSL is a Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void tournament hosted by afreecaTV and Blizzard Entertainment in South Korea. It is broadcast in English through TwitchTV. GOMExP (formerly GOMTV) hosted it until 2015. The tournament comprises of two leagues, Code S (major) and Code A (minor). By the end of 2015 GOMExP had given away over ₩3.6 billion Korean Won (over $3.1 million USD) in prize money from individual leagues in StarCraft II.
ZOWIE was founded in 2008; they are a brand who market gaming peripherals (keyboards, mice, headsets, mouse pads and monitors). ZOWIE’s products are built to compliment E-sports athletes, to give them tools to produce the best performance possible.The ZOWIE brand was acquired by the BenQ Corporation in 2015. All E-sports and gaming related products produced by BenQ are now marketed under the ZOWIE Brand. The BenQ Corporation itself is a Taiwanese multi-national mostly known for producing monitors and projectors.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is a science fiction real-time strategy video game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment. It is a sequel to StarCraft and its expansion Brood War which where released in 1998. StarCraft II was released on July 27, 2010. It is split into three installments: the base game with the subtitle Wings of Liberty, an expansion pack Heart of the Swarm, and a stand-alone expansion pack Legacy of the Void.
Both games revolve around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; and the Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers. At the time of its release, StarCraft II became the fastest-selling real-time strategy game of all time, with over three million copies sold worldwide in the first month.
Celeritās is a Latin word of quickness or swiftness, and at the time of its release in 2010 the ZOWIE Celeritas was the fastest mechanical keyboard on the market, with a 0.2 second response time, and the only mechanical keyboard with RTR™ technology through a PS/2 connection; which allows the user to set the repeat-response on different levels, normal, 2X, 4X and 8X.
The ZOWIE Celeritas was developed, tested and marketed in conjunction with 3 professional gamers: Abdisamad ”SpawN” Mohamed, Young Ho ”Flash” Lee and Ho Jun ”Ho-Jun” Moon.
”Flash” Young Ho Lee is a StarCraft programmer who competed professionally in StarCraft Brood War and StarCraft II. He was a Terran player.
In many existing keyboards you have the ability disable the Windows key, this is to insure that while playing, if the user was to hit the windows key he/she would not enter into the desktop area. When disabling the Windows key, it was Lee’s suggestion to add the ability to change the Windows Key into a Control Key.
Lee debuted inStarCraft Brood War in 2007 at the age of 14 playing for KT Rolster, he first gained popularity when he won is first OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) in 2008 against Stork, he was 15 years old. The OnGameNet Starleague was the oldest and most prestigious StarCraft: Brood War tournament. It was held 3 times a year, founded in 2001 it finally ceased its operations in 2013.
During Lee’s Brood War career he had an over 70% win rate in all match-ups; he was also ranked as the number 1# on the KeSPA player Ranking system for the longest period of time. His tournament victories include 3 OSL titles , 3 MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL) titles, the World Cyber Games and the GOMTV Classic. He is considered to be the best StarCraft Brood War player of all-time, his was nicknamed God by his fans.
Lee made his debut in StarCraft II in 2012 continuing to play for KT Rolster. He had only one championship win in StarCraft II in The Intel Extreme Masters Toronto, 2014. In December 2015 he retired from StarCraft II, aged 23.
Mechanical keyboards are defined by their switches. Each switch is a separate unit; comprised of a base, spring and stem. Switches generally come in three basic types: linear, tactile with a non-audible bump (non-clicky) or tactile with an audible click (clicky). Linear switches will always have a consistent level of resistance when pressing, while tactile switches will bump or click when the activation point is reached.
The ZOWIE Celeritas uses Cherry MX Brown switches which are tactile and non-click, with a life-span of 20-50 million keystrokes. Cherry is the worlds oldest keyboard manufacturer being founded in the United States in 1953. The company then began production in Germany from 1967, where they finally moved their headquarters in 1979. The Cherry Corporation was bought by ZF Electronics GmbH in 2008, though switches are still produced under the Cherry brand. The first Cherry MX switch was released in 1985 which has grown into the Cherry MX line of switches. MX Brown was introduced in 1994 and is still the most popular switch for gaming or office use.
”SpawN” Adbisamad Mohamed is a now retired professional Counter Strike player. Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter developed by the Valve Corporation. It was initially developed and released as a Half-Life modification by Minh “Gooseman” Le and Jess “Cliffe” Cliffe in 1999, before Le and Cliffe were hired and the game’s intellectual property acquired by the Valve Corporation.
Counter-Strike was first released by Valve in 2000. Set in various locations around the globe, players assume the roles of members in combating teams of governmental counter-terrorist forces and various terrorist militants opposing them. During each round, the two teams are tasked with defeating the other by means of achieving the map’s objectives, or else eliminating all of the enemy combatants. Each player customizes their arsenal of weapons and accessories at the beginning of every match, with currency being earned after the end of each round.
SpawN was active between 2000 – 2010 spending most of his career on the team SK gaming. Towards the end of his playing days he was one of the most prominent e-Sports personalities. After his career ended he still continued to advertise for several hardware manufactures such as BENQ and ZOWIE.
“When playing Counter-Strike, the ability to move smoothly is as important as aim”, says Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed and continues, “with the ZOWIE CELERITAS I can perform complicated manoeuvres such as duckjump without failing. I play with 8x responsiveness and it works very well.”
The ZOWIE Celeritas can be connected trough USB or PS/2 connector (through a PS/2 converter). PS/2 is considered to be the most effective connection for keyboards even considering the age of the technology, being introduced by IBM in 1987.
PS/2 over USB, because USB is set in a polling mode where the CPU is always asking the keyboard if it has input an action. While PS/2 sends its own device interrupt to the CPU to input an action. This has two main benefits; firstly you have full key rollover, which means you can enter all keys at the same time. While USB at the time of the Celeritas’s release could only allow for 6 keys to be input (6 key rollover).
Secondly USB connectors can become clogged when too many inputs are entered, especially when multiple USB devices are connected. So with PS/2 you have a secure connection to input actions.
The ZOWIE Celeritas is the only keyboard which has RTR™ technology which can only be used through the PS/2, which gives the user the ability to adjust the repeat-response time, from normal to 2X, 4X. 8X. This adjusts the number of inputs made when holding a key down for a period of time. This is sort of technology can have be effective in games such as StarCraft II, because players consistently hit upwards of 300 APM (actions per minute). Technology like this can increase the efficiency of your actions and increase a players APM.
“Ho-Jun” Ho Jun Moon is known as the ‘Kart Emperor’, multiple-time Kart Rider champion. Moon Ho-jun has joined the Afreeca Freecs (formerly StarTale) as both a StarCraft II programmer and Kartrider player. He played Protoss in StarCraft II.
Crazyracing Kartrider is an online multiplayer racing game published by NEXON. It is part of the Crazy Arcade franchise. It earns revenues by selling virtual items from the in-game shop, including different types of vehicles and skins. Kart Rider not only features fictitious fantasy vehicles but also branded game models based on real-life cars, developed from collaboration with companies such as BMW Korea. About 25% of South Koreans have played the game at least once.
Since debuting at the age of 10 in 2007, Moon Ho-jun has dominated the professional Kart Rider scene in South Korea. Though his StarCraft II career was quite short, retiring only after a few months.
Moon’s views on the Celeritas “The keyboard is the most important piece of equipment for KartRider because we need a sensitive keyboard in order to perform swift and precise angle-driving. With the ZOWIE Celeritas RTR™ technology I am only limited by my own reactions,” Moon continues, “after trying the ZOWIE Celeritas for the first time, I didn’t want to change again. It just felt like the perfect keyboard for me, and I won my 6th championship title after only 3 days of practice with the keyboard.”
ZOWIE Celeritas General functions:
– 6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB
– Cherry MX Brown 18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
– Ability to change the “Windows”-key to “Ctrl”
– Multimedia controls
– Highly durable metal inner chassis
– Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
– Connector: USB / PS/2 (by USB to PS/2 converter)
– Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8 ft.
– Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
– ZOWIE RTR™ technology provides 4 levels of repeat-response (normal, 2X, 4X, 8X)
– Width: 44 cm
– Length: 16 cm
– Height: 2.5 cm