World e-Sports Games

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The World e-Sports Masters (WEM), first held in 2005 under the World e-Sports Games, is an international competitive gaming event, currently organized by the Hangzhou eSport Culture & Sport Communication Company, Ltd. Prize money are awarded to winning individuals and teams.

The World eSports Games, Inc. was originally founded in 2004 by Paul Chong. Headquartered in Seoul, the first three games were held in South Korea in 2005. A year later, the event moved to Hangzhou where it was re-labeled as the World e-Sports Games Masters. In 2007, WEG once again returned to Seoul to host the World e-Sports Games e-Stars, but moved back to China for the 2008 season of what is now the World e-Sports Masters. Since then, it has been held annually (except for 2011), instead of year-round. OnGameNet is the current rightsholder to the World e-Sports Masters franchise.

History[edit]

World e-Sport Games[edit]

The inaugural World e-Sports Games took place in 2005 from January 30 through March 20.[1] and featured Counter-Strike and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as main titles. Players resided in Seoul, South Korea throughout most of the tournament and matches were broadcast on Korean television. The finals took place in Beijing, China. Attendees were all invited based on past performances and included the likes of Jang "Moon" Jae Ho, Team NoA and Li "Sky" Xiaofeng. The prize purse for both competitions totalled 138,000 USD. Eight Counter-Strike teams and sixteen WarCraft III players participated.

The second edition took place from May 30 till July 1, 2005[2] and was in most aspects comparable to the first edition except that qualifiers to determine the attendees took place in South Korea.

The third edition took place from October 19 till December 11, 2005.[3] It was in most aspects comparable with the first two editions except that only the top three of the second edition was invited with the remainder of participants having to qualify. This edition also clashed with the World Cyber Games, causing several notable players to decline participating including Gediminas "WinneR" Rimkus the third place finisher in the WarCraft III competition of the second edition.

The number of WarCraft III players attending went down from sixteen to twelve in the third edition.

WEG Masters and WEG e-Stars[edit]

It was recently announced[4] that a renewed version of the World e-Sports Games featuring Counter-Strike, StarCraft and WarCraft III is to take place in Seoul, South-Korea and will conclude August, 2007.

World e-Sports Masters[edit]

Another edition of the World e-Sports Games titled 'World E-Sports Masters' was held in Hangzhou, China from October 26 till November 2 (2008) and will feature eight professional Counter-Strike teams as well as eight professional WarCraft III players competing for a 100.000 USD prize pool. After 3 seasons, the tournament was renamed the World eSports Masters, and moved to Hangzhou, China. As of 2012, the tournament hosts competitions for Starcraft 2 and League of Legends.[5]

Results[edit]

Counter-Strike[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
WEG I NoA 4Kings mouz
WEG II Begrip.swe Catch-Gamer 4Kings
WEG III wNv.gm project_kr team9.no
WEG Masters wNv.gm coL hacker.project
WEM 2008 mTw.dk mouz eSTRO
WEM 2009 Fnatic Power-Gaming TyLoo
WEM 2010 WeMade FOX SK Gaming FX

League of Legends[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
WEM 2012 Team WE Invictus Gaming Team Acer

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
WEM 2012 Lee "Leenock" Dong Nyoung Park "JYP" Jin Young Han "aLive" Lee Seok

WarCraft III[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
WEG I Moon Zacard Sky
WEG II Moon Gostop WinneR
WEG III Sweet Gostop Lucifer
WEG Masters ToD Grubby Sky
WEM 2008 Infi Lyn Grubby
WEM 2009 Grubby Moon SocceR
WEM 2010 TH000 Lyn TeD

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sk-gaming.com/feature/381/
  2. ^ http://www.sk-gaming.com/feature/490/
  3. ^ http://www.sk-gaming.com/feature/600/
  4. ^ SK Gaming | WEG e-Stars 2007 announced
  5. ^ kocja (29 Sep 2012). "World eSports Masters 2012". in2LoL. Retrieved 2 Jul 2013.