Alibaba will seek assistance from local organizers for upcoming WESG qualifiers

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Following a report by the South China Morning Post, Chinese conglomerate Alibaba are turning to local tournament organizers for assistance in their upcoming World Electronic Cyber Games after a disclosed amount of $22 million being spent on the first competition.

Alisports, a division of Alibaba, hosted the inaugural WESG last year which saw five South African teams qualifying and competing in Dubai with both Bravado Gaming teams heading to China in January to compete in the finals. The  regional qualifiers, which took place in Dubai, was an all expenses paid trip for the five teams who attended including a stay in a lavish hotel where the tournament took place. Regional Qualifiers took place all around the world, with Starladder being the tournament host. It’s no surprise that the bill came to $22 million – the prize pool alone was $5.5 million for CS:GO and Dota 2. Alisports have announced that they will be opening up qualifiers for hosts within cities/countries for their second iteration and costs will be shared.

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Bravado Gaming CS:GO taking a break at the WESG finals in China.

This opens up a world of opportunity for local tournament hosts as Africa (South Africa) will most likely attend or host their own qualifiers once again. Organisations such as Orena have been heavily involved in international qualifiers, including this weekend’s upcoming ESWC Qualifiers at the Rush Esports Expo. There is a rational fear which has recently been brought to my attention following a Tweet from Zombiegamer writer and esports commentator Chris “Sargon” House who pointed out an email from Mind Sports South Africa lambasting Bravado’s involvement and performance at the previous WESG tournament.

If Alisports do seek assistance in South Africa, there’s a strong chance that the MSSA will pull rank, like they’ve done with previous competitions who in the end barred South Africa’s involvement after politics and community backlash deterred interest in our region. All we can do it hope and pray that a company like Orena or Mettlestate get the upper hand and secure the qualifiers before our representation is left up to the MSSA.

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Last Updated: July 20, 2017

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Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • @SargonDotA2

    I didn’t even make this connection until I read this article. Such a good point, Kyle. <3

  • Magoo

    Hey where’s that democracy that everyone keeps talking about?

    How do we shut this nonsense down already?

    • @SargonDotA2

      Whatever the plan is, count me in. I will lend my pen!

  • Hammersteyn

    Can’t wait to see the WAGS of the WESG

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL MSSA, remember the Southern Barbarians, remember how they weren’t allowed to use their own nation’s flag but kicked ass regardless, you’d think MSSA would realize then and there that they’re not wanted nor needed.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Lol, MSSA come put your money with your mouth is.

    Your best CS:GO and DOTA 2 vs the communities best CS:GO and DOTA 2 team.

    Let’s see who wins.

    Ow and no hackers allowed MSSA – just so that we all clear.

    • Hammersteyn

      Guptas will buy their players the best gaming PCs, not that it will help.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Found the full release (if not already given)

    “I am too reminded of when MSSA brought out SK Gaming’s CS:GO and DotA 2 teams in 2008.”

    CS:GO, Initial release date: 21 August 2012

    Apparently Colin is now a time master xD

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