It’s time to say goodbye to the World Cyber Games as, after 14 years in the world of eSports, it will be no more.
Despite murmurings of its impending downfall the suddenness of this closure will come as quite a shock to eSports fans. In a press release the WCG announced that it will cease operating tournaments in 2014, as the biggest stage for professional video gaming closes its doors once and for all…
Chief executive of WCG Brad Lee sent out the email that said “This year, World Cyber Games Inc. will not organize tournaments and events, including the World Cyber Games finals world.” The Chinese organisation how come to the decision after reflecting on current global trends and the business environment. Lee said “This is shocking news to you, we know, the entire staff of the WCG was surprised.
“The brand has disappeared but WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fan. This moment is very difficult and painful for me. However, I must say goodbye to the WCG.”
It seems a concerning time to reach such a conclusion, as the rise and rise of MOBAs has ensured that the competitive professional gaming scene has never been more popular. Presumably the profitability of the events has taken a novedive after a spate of recent advertisement contracts were lost.
Will you be sad to see the end of the World Cyber Games?
What do you think this means for the future of eSports?