The World Cyber Games (WCG) tournament’s Indian edition might be in deep trouble; longtime organizer Indiagames has decided to back out from the event, disgruntled at the lack of support from International Cyber Marketing (ICM). The Korean ICM is the main organizer of the WCG and is responsible for the funding and marketing of the e-sports events across boundaries.
ICM has allegedly not been funding Indiagames as much as it should, leading to the fund crisis that it apparently faces. Last year e-sports team ATE, the Counter Strike event’s finalists, did not attend the international finals in Chengdu because Indiagames had not funded their trip. How they could not is a mystery, for Indiagames is quite a prosperous mobile gaming portal with a serious developer base committed to making content for gamers across the nation.
However, Balu’s insider reports that ICM is the real culprit-
This year Indiagames put its foot down and refused to be part of the event unless proper funding to organize it at a good venue and without any delays was provided.
Nevertheless, it bodes ill for gamers in India. I remember a time when the WCG was organized in my city and I had gone to play Warcraft III, being the geeky teenager. The atmosphere of like-minded gamers, organizers and general public and the buzz of excitement whenever a great kill or strategy was executed was deliciously lapped up by my mind and have remained fresh over all these years. I do hope the WCG does occur this year as well for India one way or another.