Written by Jordan “analyze” Schultz
ESWC has wistfully announced that they have to postpone the Grand Final until a later date. It was scheduled to take place this June, but due to the economic status in the world, they will have to postpone it until the last quarter of the year.
Nvidia was ESWC’s biggest sponsor, and losing them hurt ESWC remarkably. Going into 2009 ESWC has not secured any partnerships with any companies. They had been working hard, but still no luck.
“So we have to react and take important decisions to avoid a global failure of ESWC in 2009,” said Matthieu Dallon in a release to its partners. “We will suspend the upcoming Grand Final of June to postpone it to last quarter 2009,” he went on to say, “we are actively looking for new opportunities, in France as in other countries.”
The ESWC has also stated that there is a possibility that a 3rd party could organize the grand final. “As Games-Services is also facing a serious cash flow crisis, the event might be organized by a third party such as a licensed partner or a new business owner.”
This may be a serious time of crisis for the ESWC but the organizers have given us their word that they are working hard to find a partner to secure the ESWC Grand Finals 09. They have also decided that no new games will be announced. The reason behind this is, “more games would increase all production cost and prize money to finance. In the current situation, that is not reasonable.”
ESWC Realizes they have a big name to live up to and are doing the best they can. This is one of the biggest tournaments of the year, and without it e-sports will suffer an immense loss. We need to hope for the best and wish ESWC good luck as they search for partners.
Source: SK Gaming