The World Cyber Games tournament series was once the premier eSports showcase, featuring games like Warcraft III, Starcraft, and League of Legends. Yet with eSports gaining popularity via online streaming and through events like Blizzcon and League of Legends' LCS, the World Cyber Games began losing popularity. Sadly, World Cyber Games CEO Brad Lee announced today via e-mail that the organization will not be hosting any future tournaments.
For the past 14 years, World Cyber Games featured the best players in the world. The games featured in the inaugural WCG tournament were classics including Quake III Arena, Starcraft: Brood War, FIFA 2000, and Age of Empires II. As the gaming world evolved, more games were added like Counter-Strike and Super Street Fighter IV. While the last few years for the WCG may not have been exhilarating or memorable as when Team 3D won back to back championships for Counter-Strike: Source in 2004 and 2005, the closure of the World Cyber Games is still a loss for the global gaming community.
"This year, World Cyber Games Inc. will not organize tournaments and events, including the World Cyber Games finals world.
Accordingly, each partner can use brand WCG in your country from this point. This decision was made by the WCG committee after considering the current global trend as well as the business environment.
This is a shocking news to you, we know, the entire staff of the WCG was surprised.
In 14 years, all you have to do what makes the best WCG become the greatest events in the world.
There are many great moments based on your dedication. Although the brand has disappeared but WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fans.
This moment is very difficult and painful for me. However, I must say goodbye to the WCG.
I appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of you in 14 years.
I hope your company will grow, prosper, and we will soon meet again.
World Cyber Games Inc. CEO."