World Electronic Sports Games
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World Electronic Sports Games (shortened as WESG) is an international esports championship tournament based in Shanghai and organized by AliSports. The first edition has a total prize pool of over US$5.5 million and the finals will be in December 2016.
The World Electronic Sports Games heavily bases itself on the Olympic Games and as a result of this, it is unique in that all teams must be composed of players of the same nationality to emphasize national pride. The event also has separate tournaments for men and women. Tournaments generally follow single-elimination rules. Olympic influence is also visible in the promotional art.
The following games were featured. In 2017, WESG expanded CS:GO and Hearthstone to include female tournaments.
As of March 2016, qualifying rounds for the first edition were expected to begin in April 2016.
Despite the large prize pools, many top contenders were not at the event, especially with CS:GO's first major of 2017 right around the corner. WESG 2016 for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was the last premier tournament before the ELEAGUE Major 2017. France's Team EnVyUs beat out Poland's Team Kinguin to take home the majority of CS:GO's biggest prize pool while Poland's number one took third place by defeating Turkey's Space Soldiers before booking a ticket to Atlanta for the major. In Dota 2, the Filipino team TNC Pro Team downed Denmark's Cloud9 to take the grand prize. [Alliance_(esports)|Alliance] from Sweden took down Peru's hopeful Infamous to take the bronze. In Starcraft 2, Koreans dominated as expected as Jun "TY" Tae-yang defeated compatriot Cho "Maru" Seong-ju. In the third place match, America's Alex "Neeb" Sunderhaft took down Tobias "ShoWTimE" Sieber of Germany. Hearthstone's champion was the Philippines's Euneil "Staz" Javiñas took down Sweden's Jon "Orange" Westberg in a close grand final. The third-place match featured two Germans, and it was Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer to topple Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert.
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||US$1,500,000||Team EnVyUs||Team Kinguin||Virtus.pro||Space Soldiers|
|Starcraft 2||US$402,000||TY||JAGW | Maru||ting | Neeb||Arma | ShoWTimE|
|Hearthstone||US$300,000||PHA | Staz||[A] | Orange||VP | BunnyHoppor||CLG | Xixo|
Despite being called WESG 2017, the event took place in March 2018.
In CS:GO, with the major already past, more top teams showed up. However, teams such as SK Gaming from Brazil, which was the second most decorated team in CS:GO and world number two, and Cloud9 from the United States, which was the reigning major champions and world number three, were knocked out earlier than expected while teams such as MVP PK from South Korea and Team One from Brazil, two teams that hadn't even qualified for the major, made it much further into the bracket than expected. Sweden's Fnatic came back from a large deficit against the Space Soldiers from Turkey to take home the WESG 2017 title for Fnatic's second straight premier tournament win. Team Russia stopped the Cinderella story of Team One in the third-place match. Dota 2 saw Team Russia take out Brazil's paiN Gaming. Team Hellas from Greece shut down the hometown Rock.Y from China in the third-place match. South Korea dominated again in Starcraft 2 as Maru redeemed himself from last year after being the runner-up to winning the title after taking down compatriot Park "Dark" Ryung-woo. Kim "Classic" Doh-woo could not make it three Koreans in a row as he fell to Finland's Joona "Serral" Sotala in the third-place match. Hearthstone saw Turkey's Kaan "Fujitora" Çekli defeat Michael "Luker" Luker from Canada to take home the grand prize. The unknown posesi from Japan took third place after defeating Thailand's Kantaphon "ScreaM" Suwanmalee. CS:GO's female grand final saw a close series as Russian Forces scraped past LLG Gaming of China to take home all but US$100,000 of the prize pool. In the third place match, Those Damn Canadians defeated the experienced Team Sweden. Hearthstone's female grand final featured the two Chinese qualifiers as GLHuiHui defeated Lioon. Cordelia "Scarakye" Chui from the UK lost HongKong's Ip Yan in the third-place match.
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||US$1,500,000||Fnatic||Space Soldiers||Team Russia||Team One|
|CS:GO Female||US$170,000||Russian Forces||LLG Gaming||Those Damn Canadians||Team Sweden|
|Dota 2||US$1,500,000||Team Russia||paiN Gaming||Team Hellas||Rock.Y|
|Starcraft 2||US$402,000||JAGW | Maru||Dark||Ence | Serral||Classic|
|Hearthstone||US$300,000||RB | Fujitora||TGS | Luker||posesi||AR | ScreaM|
- C. Custer (March 31, 2016). "Jack Ma and Alibaba just dove headfirst into the world of competitive video games". Tech In Asia. Retrieved August 19, 2016.