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WESG announces 2018-2019 Grand Finals details

By Aaron Oh eSports 7 days ago

The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Grand Finals are to be held in Chongqing, China.

The WESG event is organized by Alisports in conjunction with Chongqing Sports Bureau and the government of Jiulongpo District.

The world’s largest esports tournament will take place from March 7 to March 17, featuring players and representatives from 64 countries competing for a $2.5 million prize pot. The lineup of game titles includes Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, StarCraft II and Vainglory.

Several invited teams and players were also recently announced in a Twitter post. So far, the list includes Made in Brazil and fnatic for CS:GO, VG and Aster for Dota 2, Cho “Maru” Seong Ju and Huang “TooDming” Huiming for StarCraft II, Jon “Orange” Westberg and China’s “Lionking” for Hearthstone.

Already an increasingly visible destination for esports tournaments such as the Dota 2 Chongqing Major, the Chongqing Olympic Sports Center has been announced as the venue for the grand finals.

Furthermore, the decision to host the tournament grand finals in China was said to be reinforced by the past successes of the previous two finals which were held in the Chinese cities of Changzhou and Haikou.

First established in 2016 by Alisports, the WESG was unique in adopting an Olympic model, with national representatives competing on behalf of their country. By organizing this tournament, Alibaba is hoping to increase its branding and attract more users towards its e-commerce businesses. The scale of this event would mean many different national and regional qualifiers, exponentially increasing Alibaba’s brand awareness.

Thumbnail image credit: WESG, sportskeeda.com

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