World Cyber Games

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The World Cyber Games (WCG) was an international e-sports event (or "Cyber Games Festival") operated by Korean company World Cyber Games Inc. and backed by Samsung Electronics and, since 2006, Microsoft Corporation. The official motto of WCG is "Beyond the Game", which is also the title of a documentary focusing on a legendary WCG rivalry. The World Cyber Games were set up in 2000 with the first festival being held in 2001. The festival is influenced by the Olympic Games with a players village for competitors and since 2004 a different host city every year.

Idea[edit]

Goals[edit]

The goal behind WCG is simple: it aims to be the Olympics of e-sports. For the past 10 years WCG has held qualifiers for a myriad of games, including Warcraft III, Counterstrike, Fifa and StarCraft: Brood War, across most countries via national qualification tournaments handled by smaller organizations. For a complete list of which games have been played during the various World Cyber Games, go here.

Importance[edit]

Whereas competition is always a great aspect to the game, and WCG being on an epic international scale is quite impressive, the greatest importance to WCG is the merging of different communities and countries together for the purpose of the forementioned competition. Not only do players from say the Warcraft community get to meet and share with the StarCraft community, but on a much subtler level, Koreans get to meet with "Foreigners", and even Americans get to meet with South Americans, or the Polish with the Germans.

Format (for StarCraft)[edit]

The format of the WCG is that each country has a national qualifier where the top-placed players get sent to the group stage of WCG. There they participate in a tournament where the top 16 or 32 (depending on the WCG) qualify. Eventually the players have been reduced to just two whom then face each other in the Final. There is also a match for the 3rd place.

WCG StarCraft: BroodWar Winners[edit]

WCG Date Score Qualifiers TL Articles Location
WCG Challenge 2000 2000-10-07 - 2000-10-15 South Korea Zerg GoRush South Korea Zerg I.Love_Star Seoul, S.Korea
WCG 2001 2001-12-05 - 2001-12-09 South Korea Terran BoxeR France Terran ElkY 2-0 Seoul, S.Korea
WCG 2002 2002-10-28 - 2002-11-03 South Korea Terran BoxeR South Korea Zerg YellOw 2-0 Daejeon, S. Korea
WCG 2003 2003-10-15 - 2003-10-18 South Korea Zerg Ogogo Germany Protoss FiSheYe 2-1 WCG Korea 2003WCG USA 2003 WCG Germany 2003 WCG Russia 2003 WCG France 2003 Seoul, S.Korea
WCG 2004 2004-10-07 - 2004-10-10 South Korea Terran XellOs South Korea Terran Midas 2-0 WCG Korea 2004 WCG USA 2004 WCG Germany 2004 WCG Russia 2004 WCG Poland 2004 WCG Australia 2004 San Francisco, USA
WCG 2005 2005-10-19 - 2005-10-20 South Korea Protoss fOru Russia Terran Androide 2-0 WCG Korea 2005 WCG USA 2005 WCG Germany 2005 WCG Russia 2005 WCG Poland 2005 WCG Spain 2005 WCG Ukraine 2005 Suntec City, Singapore
WCG 2006 2006-10-18 - 2006-10-22 South Korea Terran iloveoov South Korea Zerg July 2-1 WCG Korea 2006 WCG USA 2006 WCG Germany 2006 WCG Russia 2006 WCG Poland 2006 WCG Czech Republic 2006 WCG Bulgaria 2006 WCG Spain 2006 WCG Baltics 2006 WCG China 2006 WCG Australia 2006 WCG Ukraine 2006 WCG Brazil 2006 Monza, Italy
WCG 2007 2007-10-03 - 2007-10-07 South Korea Protoss Stork China Protoss Pj 2-0 WCG Korea 2007 WCG USA 2007 WCG Germany 2007 WCG Russia 2007 WCG Poland 2007 WCG Canada 2007 WCG Italy 2007 WCG Czech Republic/Slovakia 2007 WCG Czech Republic/Slovakia 2007 WCG Ukraine 2007 Seattle, USA
WCG 2008 2008-11-05 - 2008-11-09 South Korea Zerg Luxury South Korea Protoss Stork 2-0 WCG Korea 2008 WCG USA 2008 WCG Germany 2008 WCG Russia 2008 WCG Poland 2008 WCG China 2008 Cologne, Germany
WCG 2009 2009-11-11 - 2009-11-15 South Korea Zerg Jaedong South Korea Protoss Stork 2-1 WCG Korea 2009 WCG USA 2009 WCG Germany 2009 WCG Russia 2009 WCG Poland 2009 WCG Peru 2009 WCG Italy 2009 WCG Ukraine 2009 Chengdu, China
WCG 2010 2010-09-30 - 2010-11-03 South Korea Terran Flash South Korea Protoss Kal 2-0 WCG Korea 2010 WCG USA 2010 WCG Germany 2010 WCG Russia 2010 WCG China 2010 Los Angeles, USA
Colors represent the Starcraft race of the winner in the respective year

Top finishers[edit]

Medal set Players
South Korea Terran BoxeR
South Korea Protoss Stork
South Korea Zerg GoRush, South Korea Zerg Jaedong
South Korea Zerg Ogogo, South Korea Terran XellOs, South Korea Protoss fOru, South Korea Terran iloveoov, South Korea Zerg Luxury, South Korea Terran Flash
France Terran ElkY, South Korea Terran Midas
Russia Terran Androide
South Korea Zerg I.love_star, South Korea Zerg YellOw, Germany Protoss FiSheYe, South Korea Zerg July, China Protoss Pj, South Korea Protoss Kal
Netherlands Terran NTT, Poland Zerg Blackman, Canada Protoss Grrrr..., Bulgaria Terran Christian, Australia Protoss Legionnaire, Germany Zerg Mondragon, Ukraine Terran Strelok, South Korea Protoss Bisu
South Korea Zerg Bassy, China ID-2000, South Korea Terran Control, China Zerg CNSTORM, China Protoss Legend, Ukraine Protoss White-Ra, China Protoss LoveTT, Germany Zerg Kolll, Poland Protoss Yayba

Regional Championship[edit]

Pan-American Championship[edit]

The Pan American Champion Ship is another project of the WCG and follows the idea to provide a competition for the American players. Although offering a reasonable prize pools the media attention was very limited.

StarCraft: BroodWar Winners[edit]

WCG Event Date Score TL Articles Location
WCG Pan-American Championship 2006 27-10-2006 - 29-10-2006 Canada Random Testie Colombia Protoss SlaSh 2-1 [1] Mexico
WCG Pan-American Championship 2007 2007-06-22 - 2007-06-24 USA Zerg Day9 Canada Protoss Testie 3-2 [2] Cancun, Mexico
WCG Pan-American Championship 2008 2008-06-21 - 2008-06-22 Peru Terran Fenix Brazil Zerg ReasoN Monterrey, Mexico
WCG Pan-American Championship 2009 2009-09-11 - 2009-09-13 Peru Terran Fenix USA Zerg iNcontroL Guadalajara, Mexico
WCG Pan-American Championship 2010 2010-08-27 - 2010-08-29 Chile Zerg KiLLeR Peru Terran Fenix 3-1 [3] São Paulo, Brazil

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