World Series of Video Games

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World Series of Video Games
World Series of Video Games logo.jpg
Sport eSports
video games
Founded 2002
Replaced by Cyberathlete Professional League
Owner(s) Games Media Properties
Commissioner Matt Ringel
Country United States

The World Series of Video Games (WSVG) was an international professional electronic sports competition. It held its first season in 2006, with competitions in six different games and six events held around the world including the finals of the event. The total prize purse of the season was US$750,000 which includes the $240,000 prize purse that was winnable at the finals. The WSVG was operated by Games Media Properties, an American gaming company founded in 2002 with the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) Lan section subcontracted out to Lanwar Inc.

The series was the continuation of the one million dollar 2005 CPL World Tour, as one of the founders of the WSVG as well as Intel, the major sponsor of the tour left the Cyberathlete Professional League to help fund these series.[1]

2006 season[edit]

The 2006 season was the WSVG's first season. International competitions were held for the PC games Counter-Strike, Quake 4, and Warcraft III. Xbox tournaments were also held for Project Gotham Racing 3, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and Halo 2, but these were open to American participants only.

Participants included Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, four-time CPL world champion and runner-up of the WSVG Quake 4 competition, Dae Hui 'FoV' Cho (veteran professional gamer, one time Electronic Sports World Cup champion and third place of the WarCraft III competition), Li 'Sky' Xiaofeng (twice World Cyber Games champion, considered strongest WarCraft III player of 2006 in a worldwide poll of gaming journalists[2]) and Team 3D (twice World Cyber Games champion team and runner-up of the WSVG Counter-Strike competition), as well as eventual champions Johan 'Toxic' Quick and eSport Player of 2006[3] Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen.

CBS aired a one-hour special on the WSVG stop in Louisville.[4]

The six events took place at the following times and places during the first season:

Game Gold Silver Bronze 4th
Counter-Strike[13] Germany aTTaX

Germany David "CHEF-KOCH" Nagel
Germany Peter "Chucky" Schlosser
Germany Navid "Kapio" Javadi
Germany Jan "mooN" Stolle
Germany Roman "roman" Ausserdorfer

United States Team 3D

United States Josh "Dominator" Sievers
United States Mikey "Method" So
Canada Griffin "shaGuar" Benger
United States Ron "Rambo" Kim
United States Salvatore "Volcano" Garozzo

European Union fnatic

Sweden Oscar "Archi" Torgersen
Sweden Patrik "cArn" Sättermon
Sweden Harley "dsn" Orwall
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
Sweden Kristoffer "Tentpole" Nordlund

United States Pandemic

United States Chad "Daffsta" White
Canada Garett "grt" Bambrough
United States Jonny "Ph33R" Schwan
United States Hoang "s0nNy" Tran
United States Mark "mastern00k" Torrez

Quake 4 Sweden Johan "Toxic" Quick United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel United States Jason "Socrates_" Sylka Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Netherlands Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen South Korea Jung Hee "Sweet" Chun South Korea Dae Hui "FoV" Cho United States Dennis "Shortround" Chan

2007 season[edit]

WSVG's second season featured Fight Night Round 3, Guitar Hero II, Quake 4, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft as main circuit games. Counter-Strike, Call of Duty 2 and Gears of War were planned to also make appearances at a number of events.

The circuit's total prize purse was planned to be US$574,000, and travel funds were made available to a number of high-finishing participants.


The second season included events at the following times and places throughout 2007:

Cancellation[edit]

In a surprise move on September 12, 2007, the WSVG main page announced that "Games Media Properties will no longer produce the World Series of Video Games",[14] and that the remaining three events (Los Angeles, London, and Sweden) were all cancelled. The reasons given were that revenue from the previous events were not enough to sustain the league, especially because of its extensive televising campaign and enormous event sizes.

The WSVG has stated that it wishes to continue expansion in online advertising and their network of websites[citation needed].

2014[edit]

After the cancellation in 2007, the World Series of Video Games was relaunched by World Series Corporation in August 2014.

One of the key elements in this new version of the World Series of Video Games, is the exclusive software that they present called WSVG Battleroom, that includes an anti-cheat feature that is at the forefront of technology, promoting the clean gaming.

WSVG hosted a LAN event in Maldives in October 2015 which included games like Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, FIFA & Age of Empires 2. From the day the event was announced doubts were being raised on its viability on various other gaming forums. Poor promotion and communication did not help the lukewarm response either. The online qualifiers for Starcraft 2 & Hearthstone were very poorly organized and resulted in majority of the top players missing. For Age of Empires 2 the qualifiers were organized by Voobly and were properly conducted.

The LAN event was not particularly great from organization point of view and was marred with technical & logistical issues. [15]

Report on Starcraft 2 & Hearthstone prize money status.[16]

Since the conclusion of Maldives event no future plans have been divulged.

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