Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard about the email World Cyber Games (WCG) CEO Brad Lee sent to partners officially announcing the end of the global eSports organisation’s tournaments and events.
Founded in 2000, the very first WCG event, “The World Cyber Game Challenge”, was held on the 7th of October of that year, and was sponsored by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Information and Communications and Samsung. Starting out with 174 competitors from 17 different countries and a prize purse of $20,000, WCG events have since been host to up to 800 competitors from 78 different countries with prize purses reaching up to $500,000.
In the email, Lee acknowledged the unexpected nature of the announcement, saying that “the entire staff of the WCG was surprised” along with the events’ fans, and how making the decision and dealing with its aftermath was “very difficult and painful”.
Lee also extended his heartfelt thanks to the company’s many supporters, saying:
“There are many great moments based on your dedication. Although the brand has disappeared… WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fan…
I appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of you in 14 years.
I hope your company will grow, prosper, and we will soon meet again.”
Partners were also told that they could use the WCG brand in their respective countries, a decision made “after considering the current global trend as well as the business environment.”
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