Global eSports Cup China’s second group stage began yesterday, however with three last minute withdrawals and team replacements. ViCi Gaming, LGD and EHOME had all withdrawn from the event due to various reasons and have been replaced by DUOBAO, Newbee.Y and FTD.A
With all three teams just recently participating in the Nanyang Championships LAN, ending only two days before the start of the Global eSports Cup China group stages, and the Frankfurt Major beginning in just over one week, it appears that the teams have little time to recover and to sort out travel requirements in enough time.
ViCi Gaming released a statement on weibo citing “FY and Fenrir have both caught the common cold and are unable to undergo intensive training and the other members needs some time to reset. ”
EHOME also released their statement on the Chinese site stating that the team is fatigued from traveling and need time to both recover, prepare their visas for The Summit 4 and train for Frankfrut Major.
Only a week ago Fnatic, Digital Chaos and Alliance had all recently withdrawn from The Game Show Global eSports Cup Season 1 group stages for various reasons.
According to the organizers, Digital Chaos were forced to withdraw from the event due to scheduling conflicts and have been replaced with the South American team TShow.
Fnatic had to pull out as well, due to similar reasons, since the Game Show dates were conflicting with their bootcamp for the upcoming Frankfurt Major.
Alliance had to withdraw because of “private matters within the team”.
Game Show Global eSports Cup Season 1
The Game Show Global eSports Cup Season 1 was announced in early September, featuring competitors from five regions: North America, Europe, CIS, China and SEA.
The CIS regional LAN stage of the event took place at Igromir Expo Center, in early October.
The playoff stage of the CIS regional qualifiers kicked off with seven teams, including Arcade.Power Rangers, HellRaisers and CIS Rejects competing at the Igromir Exhibition Center in Moscow for the $20,000 prize pool and two spots for the Studio LAN playoffs. CIS Rejects and ScaryFaceZzz took the first and second place spots.
Game Show Global eSports Cup format
The Game Show Global eSports Cup is being played out in six distinct stages. Open Qualifiers, two Group stages and Regional Qualifiers are held in five regions: North America, Europe, CIS, China and SEA. The last two phases of the event will feature Studio LAN playoffs and the Grand Finals to be held at the DreamHack LAN event in Moscow, Russia.
Game Show Global eSports Cup Regional Qualifiers
The event series will feature online open qualifiers for five regions, Europe, CIS, North America, China and SEA. After the open qualifiers, two group stages will take place followed by regional qualifiers. The best regional teams will then proceed to the Studio LAN playoffs.
To date, only the CIS region has completed the online qualifiers and group stages.
Game Show Global eSports Cup Studio LAN playoffs
Eight of the best teams from the various regions will compete in the fifth phase of the event series. The Studio LAN playoffs will take place between November 30 – December 3 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Only four teams will reach the Grand Finals of the tournament.
Game Show Global eSports Cup LAN finals
The top four teams from the Studio LAN playoffs will participate in the Grand Finals, which will run within DreamHack Moscow. The event is scheduled to take place between December 5-6.
Game Show Global eSports Cup prize pool distribution
Grand Finals (DreamHack Moscow)
- 1st place — $125,000
- 2nd place — $65,000
- 3rd place — $35,000
- 4th place — $25,000
The studio LAN playoffs (Lithuania)
- 1st-4th places — the allotted portion from the grand final
- 5th-8th places — $15,000 total
The CIS LAN qualifiers (Igromir)
- 1st place – CIS Rejects – $8,000 + a ticket to the studio LAN final
- 2nd place – ScaryFacezzz – $4,000 + a ticket to the studio LAN final
- 3rd place – HellRaisers $2,500
- 4th place – New Team123123 $1,500
- 5-7th places — $1,000