The World Electronics Sports Games will feature a USD1.5 million prize pool, retaining the largest pool in CS:GO history.
Earlier this year, it was announced that an e-sports competition was to be backed by Alisports (Chinese e-commerce giant) for the second year in a row. This year, the World Electronics Sports Games (WESG) will feature a USD$1.5 million prize pool for the CS: GO World Finals, matching last year’s prize pool and retaining the title of the largest prize pool in CS: GO history.
The regional Asian-Pacific (APAC) LAN finals will be held in China from January 11th – 14th in 2018, with a grand prize pool of US$92, 500. Here is a recap leading up to the upcoming fragfest.
An Action-Packed Sub-Region Qualifiers
Alisports will host all qualifiers for the sub-regions except Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand. For the qualifiers in those regions, the host will be 4Gamers (HK, MO, TW), Orange Esports (MY) and Neolution Esports Events (TH).
There are 20 spots available in total that were granted to the WESG APAC groups, and two of them were already seized by China, with teams Flash and New4, who won second and third at the WESG China Finals (September 2017) earlier in the year, while ViCi have won a direct invite to the World Finals.
The WESG China Finals 2017
The results for the previous WESG China Qualifier Finals were unexpected. This was because Flash amazingly managed to beat the reigning regional champions and rival team TyLoo with a tight 2-1 clutch in the group stages even though both teams were using stand-ins during the tournament.
In the semi-final, Bin “Savage” Liu and the rest of ViCi convincingly beat New4 2-0 to secure first place. On the other side of the bracket, Flash were being roughed about by MAX, but squeezed out with a reverse sweep to beat them 2-1. During the third place decider, New4 decisively destroyed MAX 2-0 as they smashed through two maps in a row.
For the finals, ViCi took the lead on the first map, winning the overtime rounds on Cobblestone. However, Flash’s QiFang “Karsa” Su and crew struck back, quickly equalizing the score to 1-1 on their map pick, Inferno. ViCi then shut them down on their next choice map, train with a decisive score of 16-13 to secure their spot at the WESG 2017 World Finals.
The top 6 teams in the APAC Final are to move on to the Grand Final, which is set to happen in March 2018. This is the prize pool breakdown of the APAC Final.
- 1st: $40,000
- 2nd: $20,000
- 3rd: $10,000
- 4th: $6,500
- 5th – 8th: $4000
Additionally, there is an all-female competition that will be held in APAC and Africa concurrently with the WESG Qualifiers, with up to USD$16, 000 up for grabs.
All female teams that register during this period have the choice to register for the all-female group, or the “general” group but not both.
WESG is one of the biggest, if not the biggest e-sports competition of the year and has one of the largest prize pools. With all of this, and each team’s image at stake, the competition is bound to be one of the most exciting and anticipated competitions of the year. Talk about it on our Discord and Facebook channels if you’re knee-deep in the CS:GO trenches.
Top image credit: WESG