The World Cyber Games (WCG) is set to return in 2019 after being dormant for six years. The first and biggest global, nations-based event in the industry, WCG was hailed as the Olympics of esports and was the tournament to win in the old days.
The upcoming WCG 2019 is the end result of multiple attempts to acquire and re-launch the brand. The last couple of WCG tournaments in 2012 and 2013 were seen as disasters, events that had failed to step up to the new esports standards and practices, but now the event returns to a new location with a new owner.
Today, WCG released the hyped trailer for the upcoming event, featuring some of the best known names in esports: Warcrat III revolutionist Jang “Moon” Jae-ho and Counter-Strike legend Filip “NEO” Kubski.
NEO’s and Moon’s WCG histories can not be more different. NEO is a three-times WCG champion from 2006, 2009 and 2011, playing with several of the players who’d later go on to form the storied Virtus.pro roster in CS:GO. Moon, on the other hand, came close multiple times, but always within inches of the trophy: 4th place in 2012, 3rd place in 2007 and 2nd place in 2008 and 2013.
Apart from the trailer, the official WCG website also listed the full line-up of disciplines. Together with previously confirmed Dota 2 and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, WCG 2019 will also feature Clash Royale, Crossfire, Hearthstone, and Honor of Kings.
WCG 2019 will be held Jul. 18-21 in Xi’an, China.