The World Series of Video Games, or WSVG for short, 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.
The series was partially regarded as the continuation of the one million dollar 2005 CPL World Tour, as one of the founders of the WSVG as well as the major sponsor (Intel) of the tour left the Cyberathlete Professional League to help fund these series.
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", 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.
ESWC is the acronym for “Electronic Sports World Cup” (registered trademark in 50 countries):
* 8 years old project
* Created and managed worldwide by Games-Services (full owner) – independent company based in France
* Sponsorship’s support the past 3 years: Nvidia, Intel, BNP Paribas, Packard Bell, Orange, Mondial Assitance, Medion, Kaspersky, Région Ile-de-France, City of San José CA…
* Publishers’ support in France the past 3 years: Konami, Blizzard, Nadeo & Focus, Sony Playstation…
* More than 1 million $ of prize money given to video games champions since the first edition
ESWC is one of the leading video games worldwide competitions. Basic concept:
* ESWC is a credible Sanctioning Body for video games competitions as independent organization, pioneer and opinion leader in gaming since 1999
* ESWC choose games titles fitted for video games competition on PC or consoles
* ESWC federate national competition organizers in over 40 countries each year
* The national organizers produce tournaments (lan, online, in gaming centers...)
* ESWC.COM (online portal) gathers all results, news, calendar…
* The national organizers produce National Finals with the best gamers of their countries
* ESWC gathers all the national champions in International events like ESWC Grand Final, or ESWC Masters, 1 to 3 times per year
Each ESWC Grand Final is:
* A competition with PC/Consoles provided to the champions, accommodations provided to the champions, no fee of registration for the champions
* A show on stage open to public and spectators broadcasted across all media platforms including TV, IPTV, Mobile, Internet and gaming devices
* A show open to public to test games or participate to open tournaments on video games
Games-Services directly manage:
* ESWC General regulations
* ESWC IP Licensing
* ESWC Grand Final production
* ESWC Masters co-production
* International Press Relations
* The TV content production & distribution
ESWC achievements since 2003:
* 3,000 national and international events organized under ESWC’s brand
* 1,000 hours of TV Broadcasts and video reports worldwide
* Up to 6,000,000 Internet results on Google during Grand Final events
* Up to 5,000 photos of ESWC events on Flickr
* Up to 2,000 videos of ESWC events on Youtube
The ESWC Organizing Committee announced today that the 7th Grand Final of the ongoing season is delayed to the end of the year.
The current global economic context is not favorable to the organization of the event in June in Paris as previous. More time is necessary to finance and prepare properly the project. New dates and location shall be announced in the upcoming months.
The ESWC Grand Final has been organized successfully the last 6 years in the Futuroscope of France for the 2 first editions, 3 years in Paris (at the Carrousel du Louvre in 2005, in Bercy in 2006, Porte de Versailles in 2007), and last year in San José, CA, USA.