WESG 2016: Start of the first qualifiers
Two companies – StarLadder and ImbaTV – are responsible for the regional qualifications of the world's largest eSports tournament – WESG (World Electronic Sports Games). The championship, announced by the company Alisports (part of the Chinese internet-giant Alibaba Group), will have four regional qualifiers.
The championship of WESG was announced in spring 2016 during the Alisports press conference. The prize pool of the WESG Global Grand Finals will amount to $3.7 million, the winners of the regional qualifiers will be granted ￥1,36 million (approximately US$205,000). The first season of WESG will include 4 eSports games: Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, StarCraft II and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
«There is one important characteristic of WESG – the tournament rules are very close to the rules of the Olympic Games, e.g. each team may only consist of players representing the same country», explains Stepan Shulga, Executive Producer at StarLadder. «This could help eSports to be recognized as official sports and potentially included in the Olympic Games».
The regional qualifiers for the WESG Global Grand Finals will take place in the following four regions: Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe & CIS, North & South Americas, Africa & Middle East. The qualification spots to the WESG Global Grand Finals will be distributed among the winners of the regional qualifiers as follows:
|Europe & CIS||8||8||8||8|
|North & South Americas||6||6||6||6|
|Africa & Middle East||3||3||3||3|
China will be the hosting country of the 2016 WESG Global Grand Finals. The winner of the Chinese national qualifiers will directly qualify for the grand finals. The breakdown of the prize pool of WESG regional qualifiers in region Africa & Middle East between the 4 games is as follows:
The organizer of the Regional Finals will cover the expenses related to travelling and accommodation of players. Registration Period for “Africa & Middle East” Regional Qualifiers: 5th – 11th of August 2016 Online Matches of “Africa & Middle East” Regional Qualifiers: 13th – 14th of August 2016 “Africa & Middle East” Regional Finals in Dubai: 26th – 28th of August 2016
First three places of the “Africa & Middle East” Regional Finals will be granted tickets to the WESG Global Grand Finals. Prize pool of the Global Grand Finals:
Players can register to participate in regional qualifiers, as well as get more detailed information and learn the championship’s rules at int.wesg.comAbout Alisports
Alisports, founded in September 2015, is a sports platform established with the aim of placing the entire range of services, from ticketing and broadcasting rights to rights management, in one hand. It is devoted to building the basic sports economy platform with the thinking of Internet and developing sports businesses both online and offline. Alisports consequently strives to create value and make contributions to the international and domestic sports associations.
Alisports addresses the interests of both spectators and sportspersons. The utilisation of internet-based technologies will play a decisive role in the transformation of the sports industry in China. Alisports is a subsidiary company of the Alibaba Group, the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume.
StarLadder is the largest eSports operator in the CIS region and one of the largest in the world. StarLadder was founded in 2008. Its main business is the organisation of eSports tournaments. Today StarLadder runs tournaments in games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, World of Tanks, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and War Thunder.
StarLadder has partnered up with the best global companies. One of the key partners is Twitch.tv, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. The most well-known tournaments are organized under the StarLadder brand. StarSeries is one of the most prestigious eSports tournaments in the world.