The World Cyber Games are now a joke.
The fondest of memories seem to be tainted year after year. From dramatic prize money cuts to the most baffling game choices to the WCG being too stubborn to accept that the past of e-sports that they created has moved on and are refusing to evolve to join the new.
For me it’s like running PC benchmark tests on a computer from 2004. The WCG is that old PC. In 2004, no doubt it scored highly, but as time went by there was better and better hardware, and the PC from 2004 didn’t score well any more. You’d think that it would be a good idea to throw out the old heap and upgrade, if your business makes money by having a better benchmark score, then it makes sense. WCG didn’t seem to think so.
It’s not its fault entirely, the GFC caused most every company to stop spending, and Samsung was no exception. After a steady prize pool increase from 2000 to 2009, the 2010 WCG event had its prize money cut in half to $250,000, it’s lowest since the first ever WCG.
But even before that it was going down hill. In the early days of WCG the games were true competitive titles, things like StarCraft: Brood War, WarCraft III: TFT, Quake 3, Counter-Strike (except when they used CS:CZ and CS:S, wtf?) and FIFA. Forward to 2007 and you see Carom3D and Tony Hawks Pro Skater, and 2008 to 2011 put more emphasis on these “mobile games”, turning WCG from the best and (this sounds lame but whatever) most pure e-sports competition into a bad marketing tool for Samsung.
The mobile phone games are such a joke, in fact, TorcH (the same one everyone in the SC2 community should know) heard that there was a qualifier for one of the mobile phone games that he had on his phone. Learned it and went to the qualifier and won, practising it for just a few days. He got a free trip to China for that. Yep. I’m sure you could ask him about it, he told us about it on vent like 18 months ago so I can’t remember much more.
Anyway, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that the people running WCG for 2012 are especially out of touch with reality. Let’s have a look at some of the titles up for vote:
- ‘Casual’ – enough said. Guitar Hero is a fun game, not a competitive game.
- SSF4 and MVC are the logical choice for the fighting games… but is this really Capcom finally having their games used again in WCG? Given the huge amount of rage emitted from the FGC about “fucking esports fags” and the like, I’d doubt WCG even spoke to Capcom about this…
- FPS: Portal 2. Yes. Portal 2.
- Racing: Meh
- RPG: Hahahaha. Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 aren’t even released. Skyrim? Holy fuck what are these people doing.
- “RTS & MOBA” probably has people raging about “omg lol isnt a rts game u nub”, but who cares. At least the games are actually released. Anyway – Total War: Shogun is there, lol. And if only 2 of those games (SC2, Dota2, LoL, HoN, WC3) get in then I seriously see shit hitting the fan. A Chinese event without 4 (lol bl HoN) of those will be a fucking failure.
As an e-sports fan for 8 years, it makes me sad beyond words to see this once all important organisation fall so far from grace. My nostalgia goggles will still make me care, because if it weren’t for WCG, then it’s arguable that Counter-Strike, WarCraft III and possibly StarCraft: Brood War wouldn’t have grown up the way they did. If it wasn’t for WCG, Grubby and Sky would have the most important achievements of their careers. If it wasn’t for WCG, 3D wouldn’t have launched their international domination and perhaps American CS wouldn’t have even happened. If it wasn’t for WCG, I might not have been here writing this.
And now it’s all turned to shit. T_T