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After a five-year hiatus, the World Cyber Games (WCG) in finally making a return with the 15th edition of the popular global esports competition.
WCG started in October of 2000 with the ‘WCG Challenge’ that featured esports stalwarts such as Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, and StarCraft: Brood War.
While that initial event featured just 17 countries and less than 200 players, the event expanded to over 70 countries and over 600 players for many subsequent tournaments.
As the event grew in player base and scope, so did the selection of games. By the time the 2013 edition came around, WCG has seen everything from Counter-Strike 1.6 to Guitar Hero to Halo 3.
With so many of the biggest games in the esports community represented, WCG became the go-to event for many players around the world.
Despite the growing success and importance of the event, however, WCG was forced to close its doors in 2014. A few attempts were made to bring the popular tournament series back in the years following, but most fell through and it seemed as though the legendary event was gone for good.
That all changed with the announcement of WCG 2019, with the finals set to held from July 18 to July 21.
After bouncing around between various locations throughout the years, WCG 2019 is returning to Xi’an, China and is being organized in full cooperation with the People’s Government of Xi’an.
“We are preparing a wide array of entertainment programs in addition to its game tournaments to regain and solidify the glory of WCG as the leading global esports festival,” said Hyuk Bin Kwon, Chairman of the WCG Committee. “I extend my sincere gratitude to the Qujiang New District of Xi’an, the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization with an amazing historical heritage, for deciding to support WCG’s plan to showcase various aspects of the future digital culture to audiences from all over the world.”
While the last edition of WCG featured nine games, the revitalized WCG 2019 will feature a slimmer collection of the following six games:
The tournament isn’t exclusive to big-name professionals, though, as there are a number of open qualifiers taking place for each game on the list. The qualifiers kicked off on March 11 and will run through March 26.
You can sign up for the National Qualifiers taking place in the Americas, APAC, Europe, and China through the official WCG website.
The Regional Qualifiers will then take place in April, with the Regional Finals happening in May. Everything will then culminate with the Grand Final in Xi’an on July 18-21.
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