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Fans around the world get to support their own countries in what has been called the “Olympics of Esports”. For its third year, World Electronic Sports Games 2018 will be returning with six games in tow. Dota2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Starcraft II return as part of the worldwide tournament. Mobile game VainGlory and the console sports simulation game Pro Evolution Soccer will debut as the newest additions to WESG.
Expanding Realm of Esports
This will be the first time that WESG will feature mobile and console games. This reflects the organizers’ desire to expand the tournament and include more games. Notably missing from the picture are fighting games, which are one of the oldest gaming communities in the industry.
Same as last year, CS:GO and Hearthstone will have its separate tournaments for males and females. Although there is no official ruling that teams are supposed to be composed of only males in the other games, there is a visibly lack of female professional players in those fields.
Registration for the event is open until the 31st of July, with the first matches starting this August. The qualifying tournaments will run its course by the end of September, albeit the grand finals being held in March 2019. Teams should strictly be composed of players coming from the same country.
Gold and Glory
The prizepool for WESG 2018 is yet to be announced, but there’s no doubt that there will be a large sum involved. Nevertheless, the glory that comes with winning the tournament for the country the teams and players represent is more than enough to compel many of them to compete to the highest level. In the inaugural WESG 2016, the Philippines stole the spotlight by winning the grand prize in two games. TNC Pro Team won the first prize of $800,000 in Dota 2, while Euneil “Staz” Javiñas nabbed the top prize of $150,000 in Hearthstone.