Earlier this year, World Cyber Games CEO Brad Lee announced that the prestigious eSports tournament has come to end. Since then, the future of the longest running video game festival remains unknown although there have been hints given by eSports organizations in China that a new tournament will come their way.
Well, good news to all eSport fanatics! It seems that the speculations have come to an end as a new major eSports tournament has been announced in China earlier this week. The new tournament is to be called World Cyber Arena or WCA, which just seems appropriate given that it will be organized by the same team under Brad Lee?s WCG committee, according to reports.
Former Chinese pro-Warcraft 3 player and WCG champion, Li Xiaofeng alias ?Sky?, also came to the launch and delivered a speech. ?We can finish what WCG did not finish this way,? he was quoted in Chinese.
According to GamesInAsia, only little is still known of the event. But from what it appears to be, the WCA will be an international tournament, and not exclusively for the Chinese, that will feature top teams and players from around the world. The prize pool of the tournament is said to be RMB 20 million or $3.2 million.
The event will include games from different platforms such as PC, mobile and browser games though no game titles have been announced during the launch.
The new WCA tournament is said to ?replace? the World Cyber Games in October, which was also normally held during the last quarter of the year. It will be held in Yinchuan, Ningxia province in China.
The World Cyber Games is an annual video game festival that started in 2001, and is mainly funded by Korean electronics giant Samsung. The prestigious competition, considered by many as the ?Olympics? of cyber sports, used to choose different host cities every year. Although in recent years, China was the chosen host country for the competition due to its high gamer population.
Previous WCG tournaments feature widely popular competitive games from different platforms such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients, Halo, Starcraft 1 and 2, and Warcraft 3.
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