SEOUL, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegis Gaming Networks Inc. (AGN) and Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC) today held a press conference to announce the official launch and candidate host cities of the "World e-Sports Championship Games (WECG)" at Shanghai's Mobile Asia Expo (MAE).
At the press conference, WECG presented its vision and program overview, revealing their host-city selection plan and the date of the first release of official game titles as June 30th. The total selection of official game titles will include titles from PC, console and mobile games.
"We want to become the ultimate independent e-Sports ecosystem for the world's best players to train, collaborate and develop their skills - providing the platform for everyone to learn from each other and share the excitement of gaming with millions of fans around the world," said David Song, CEO of GMGC and co-founder of WECG.
Host City Selection & Grand Final Host City of 2014
Today WECG revealed the tournament schedule of the host cities for the future. In his presentation, Bory Jun, CEO of AGN and co-founder of WECG, shared that 5 cities in China - Chengdu, Shanghai, Kunshan, Chongqing and Huaxi - are being considered for the 2014 Grand Final host city. The final selection will be released in late July or August. The selected city will host the Grand Final in December of this year.
"I look forward to hosting the first WECG Grand Final in China," said Bory Jun, CEO of AGN and co-founder of WECG. "China is the world's biggest market in the gaming industry and has become an e-Sports hub. It is the best place to begin the WECG journey. We look forward to contributing to the growth of e-Sports in China."
Mr. Jun shared the future host city plan, Triple-4 policy, where the tournament structure will compose of 3 main elements: 4 cities will host a total of 4 official WECG events over 4 years. WECG will select 1 to 2 cities from each continent (Asia, Europe and the Americas), and each city will annually host one event, such as the <WECG Global Challenge> and the <WECG Grand Final>, over a 4-year period.
With this plan, fans around the world will have more opportunities to see WECG matches in their home regions.
Worldwide Sponsor Confirmed
WECG also officially signed their first global top sponsor China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group (CMGE), the largest publisher and a leading developer of mobile games in China.
Ken Jian Xiao, the CEO of CMGE remarked, "We are excited to be the part of this amazing project. We believe WECG will contribute to building a solid foundation for the gaming industry with its unique platform."
"We couldn't be happier that CMGE has come on board as a worldwide top sponsor," said Brian So, Business Development Director of AGN. "Together we will have a win-win synergy effect."
WECG also garnered support from the Chinese Ministry of Sports, specifically from the China Sport Information Center (CSIC).
"We hope to create a strong e-Sports ecosystem within China and the world. WECG will play an important role in the future of gaming and we support its ambitions," said Ding Dong, official representative of CSIC. "Together we can bring together our youth through games and change the world for the better."