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World Cyber Games shuts down

By Evgeni 'Zinnoc' Chardakov
Feb 20, 2014 00:02


ImageWorld Cyber Games (WCG) announced that the organization is dropping all activity and will no longer be hosting events.

An email, sent by Brad Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the World Cyber Games to their partners revealed that the organization is closing doors after thirteen years of service. The mentioned message has been published on HLTV.org by OnGamers.com and can be found below.

"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.

Brad Lee

World Cyber Games Inc. CEO."


In memory of one of the largest events in the history of electronic sports, we decided to write for you a brief background and remind you of some of the most interesting, unforgettable and shocking moments of the World Cyber Games and as well as our accomplishments and other interesting facts. Shall we jump to it?

History: Brief background

Since the very beginning of the organization back in 2000, the World Cyber Games attracted the world with their first event. Hosted in Everland, Yongin, South Korea, the back then WCG Challenge brought together players from seventeen countries to compete in games such as StarCraft: Brood War, Quake III and Unreal Tournament. In 2001, the WCG added Counter-Strike, one of the most recognized video games in the world for their next event. The tournaments were growing rapidly and were among the favorites, until March 2012, when the WCG decided to drop PC gaming and go for mobile. Fortunately, the organization altered that decision in less than two months. Later that same year, WCG dropped Counter-Strike 1.6 from their list of games and other traditional eSport titles and focused on the Asian market. According to the community that was the reason that made the WCG drop all activity.

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History: Beyond the game

We have witnessed a lot of unforgettable moments. Below we listed few of the most enjoyed ones.

Remember SE Ninjas in Pyjamas player SE Dennis 'walle' Wallenberg scoring an ace against the Golden Five in the grand final of World Cyber Games 2005 in front of thousands viewers in Monza, Italy? Or the devastating match between the Ukrainian powerhouse UA Natus Vincere and the Danish DK mTw in WCG 2010? Those moments can be found in "Counter-Strike 1.6 - We won't forget" by PT Tiago 'picc' Vasconcelos and numerous other community made movies.

A documentary about that event was covered by National Geographic and can be viewed from here. It was mostly focused on the Korean players and StarCraft. Click here to view it.

A tournament without troubles is not an option. In fact it is must have, as we are going to remind you about the Brazilian player BR Pedro 'aSpx' Slatovisk from ECO.COBRA. The team shocked the viewers by managing to finish 4-5th place at the Brazilian qualifiers for WCG 2009 against one of the best names in the Brazilian scene. How did he managed to do that? Cheating! Yes, aSpx was caught cheating and banned for six years from all Brazilian events. A video about him cheating has been created by an anti-cheat group determined to make fun of cheaters. Click here to see the video.

History: SK Gaming at WCG

SK Gaming, or early in the days known as Schroet Kommando has been massively participating in multiple titles in the World Cyber Games since 2001, as well as winning large amount of medals and other achievements. Read below.

Image DE Stephan 'SteLam' Lammert won SK Gaming's first medal from the WCG in 2001. It was bronze and was in Quake III. Since then SK Gaming has been participating in large number in the World Cyber Games and won large amount of medals in multiple titles.

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Moving forward to one of the best years for SK Gaming and that is 2003. During that year edition of the World Cyber Games, our team returned with three gold medals and one silver. The Bulgarian star BG Zdravko 'Insomnia' Georgiev managed to outmatch his Chinese opponent CN Bin 'ChinaHuman' Guo in order to win the tournament in WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. The second gold was won by our Swedish Counter-Strike team by defeating the North American rival US Team 3D in the grand final. During that year SE SK Gaming Counter-Strike squad won most of the tournaments they went to, including the World Cyber Games. Not only they achieved a world record that year, but have remained to this day as one of the best teams in the entire history of competitive Counter-Strike. SK Gaming CS 2003 were SE Tommy 'Potti' Ingemarsson, SE Emil 'HeatoN' Christensen, SE Abdisamad 'SpawN' Mohamed, SE Christer 'fisker' Eriksson and SE Michael 'ahl' Korduner. At FIFA 2003, DE Dennis 'styla' Schellhase defeated his brother and fellow teammate DE Daniel 'hero' Schellhase in order to be crowned as the champion.

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Unfortunately, despite 2003 being a great year for SK Gaming, at WCG 2004 we managed to win only one silver medal, achieved by then our WC3 player KR Tae min 'Zacard' Hwang. SK Gaming's Swedish Counter-Strike team finished fourth that season, but please note that it was on Condition Zero. The next year was also not as fruitful, however our German FIFA player styla managed to take the gold once again at the World Cyber Games 2005.

Coming next is the WCG 2006, where we managed to return with a gold medal and a bronze one. UA Mykhaylo 'HoT' Novopashyn finished third in WarCraft 3: The Frozen Throne. On the other side, SK Gaming continued to dominate in FIFA, as hero finished first and took one more gold medal back in Germany.

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During the World Cyber Games 2007, our former FIFA star hero once again was crowned as the champion of the tournament, while his fellow teammate AT Mario 'mario' Viska managed to secure the fourth place. WCG 2008 was a bit more successful year for our Counter-Strike team, who finished second after a defeat from the Danish team DK mTw in a tough three maps match. The Counter-Strike team was SE Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström, SE Dennis 'walle' Wallenberg, SE Jimmy 'allen' Allen, SE Kristoffer 'Tentpole' Nordlund and SE Marcus 'zet' Sundström, who had recently replaced SpawN.

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World Cyber Games 2009 continued to prove the dominant style of SK Gaming's German FIFA players. DE Joshua 'Kr0ne' Begehr reached the top, followed by his teammate hero. One more silver medal was won during the WCG 2010 by DE Niklas 'Johnson' Krellenberg on Forza Motorsport 3.

Moving forward to the World Cyber Games 2011, where our SK Gaming Counter-Strike squad took the silver medal after being defeated by the Polish team PL ESC Gaming , again in a tough three maps match. That was the last medal won by SK Gaming from the WCG. Our Counter-Strike division was back then represented by SE Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström, SE Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund, SE Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg, SE Johan 'face' Klasson and SE Marcus 'Delpan' Larsson.

All major achievements won by SK Gaming during the World Cyber Games:

KR World Cyber Games 2001 - Seoul, South Korea

3rd – DE SteLam (Quake III) - $5,000

KR World Cyber Games 2003 - Seoul, South Korea

1st – BG Insomnia (Warcraft III) - $20,000
1st – SE Potti, HeatoN, SpawN, fisker, ahl (Counter-Strike) - $40,000
1st – DE styla (FIFA 2003) - $20,000
2nd – DE hero (FIFA 2003) - $10,000

US World Cyber Games 2004 - San Francisco, United States

2nd – KR ZacarD (Warcraft III) - $10,000

SG World Cyber Games 2005 - Suntec City, Singapore

1st – DE styla (FIFA 2005) - $20,000

IT World Cyber Games 2006 - Monza, Italy

1st – DE hero (FIFA 2006) - $15,000
3rd – UA HoT (Warcraft III) - $8,000

US World Cyber Games 2007 - Seattle, United States

1st – DE hero (FIFA 2007) - $15,000

DE World Cyber Games 2008 - Cologne, Germany

2nd – SE RobbaN, walle, allen, Tentpole, zet (Counter-Strike) - $25,000

CN World Cyber Games 2009 - Chengdu, China

1st – DE Kr0ne (FIFA 2009) - $10,000
2nd – DE hero (FIFA 2009) - $4,000

US World Cyber Games 2010 - Los Angeles, United States

2nd – DE Johnson (Forza Motorsport 3) - $3,000

KR World Cyber Games 2011 - Busan, South Korea

2nd – SE RobbaN, GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, face, Delpan (Counter-Strike) - $6,000


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From left to right: face, GeT_RiGhT, RobbaN, f0rest and Delpan


Demos for all the matches listed above are available at World Cyber Games' YT channel. Click here to enter.

SK Gaming thank all the players that have been playing under our banner. All those who shared their time, emotions and achievements with us. All those who have been helping the organization and the electronic sports in general to move forward. All those who made all of this possible. All the fans that have always supported us and the players during their critical moments and helped them reach their dreams. All the sponsors and the management behind. All the organizers that gave us those wonderful events. Thank you!

Source: HLTV.org


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