The World Cyber Games will no longer feature PC games at the national finals level, nor will there be any pan-regional championships from 2012, according to leaked documents obtained by European esports news site Cadred.org.
Instead, the annual international gaming tournament will rebrand itself as a “mobile game-based festival” and feature only mobile games from this year onwards.
The information comes what Cadred.org claims to be a leaked letter sent by WCG CEO Brad Lee to the tournament’s partner-organisers.
Major PC game publishers have been “expanding their investment and business in mobile game development and publishing”, says Lee in the letter.
“We have witnessed that there have been many companies and organizations who went out of business because they didn’t put effort to change. Therefore we concluded that we should create WCG’s new identity (as a mobile game-based festival),” Lee added.
If the letter is authentic, it would mark the end of an era for competitive gaming.
WCG has been the cornerstone of Asian competitive gaming since it’s inception, being the only major esports brand many gamers in the region are familiar with.
The tournament made a name for itself in Asia as the one of the few international tournaments for Dota Allstars with the WCG Asian Championships, held every year since 2007.
Sadly, there will no longer be any more Asian Championships with the new changes.