The World Cyber Games is shutting its doors for good this year
Some sad news today in the world of competitive eSports. According to an email sent out by WCG CEO Brad Lee, the World Cyber Games will be ceasing all operations this year. That means there will be no 2014 WCG tournament, nor will there ever be another WCG event again. The decision, Lee explained, was made after "considering the current global trend as well as the business environment."
It may well be that with the rise of eSports competitions like League of Legends LCS, there's simply no place in the world for an organization like the WCG anymore - only 155,000 spectators showed up for the grand finals in Kunshan, China last December, compared against the LCS finals, which this year completely sold out LA's Staples Center in an hour, with many, many more users watching via livestream for a total of 32 million viewers in all.
So while competitive eSports is still doing just fine, it looks like the World Cyber Games will now be a thing of the past. It is indeed sad news, but not entirely without hope.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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