In a press conference in Shanghai, China, AliSports has announced a new tournament – WESG (World Electronic Sports Games). The event will feature various disciplines including Dota 2 and CS:GO with $1.5 million dollar prize pools each. WESG is boasting a $5.5 million total prize pool across all of the gaming divisions that will participate. The LAN finals for all games are expected to be held in Shanghai, China, in December.
AliSports (Alibaba) announces 1.5M CSGO, 1.5M DOTA2, 400K SC2, 300K Hearthstone tournament today
— Orrin Xu (@orrinxu) March 30, 2016
AliSports has announced the creation of a new event – WESG (World Electronic Sports Games), at a press conference earlier today held at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Center. An ESL staff member from the Asia division was on hand to break the news on Twitter following the announcement.
The new tournament will feature a total prize pool of $5.5 million prize pool across all disciplines. Both Dota 2 and CS:GO are set with prize pools of $1.5 million each.
The events are expected to begin in April, concluding with LAN finals in Shanghai, China, in December.
In addition, AliSports will be creating an open platform for players to compete in and use; including user registrations, event publishing, player registration, tournament schedules, service integration, content distribution. Basically, all aspects of the tournament will be integrated into their gaming platform.
Alibaba Group is a Chinese public company operating in the field of e-commerce owns the portal Alibaba.com. It also supports the Sina Corp, which is the owner of the social network Weibo.
AliSports is a subsidiary of the organization dedicated to the promotion of sports in China. It also has a Chinese sports TV channel, and collaborates with many sports federations.