The highly anticipated WESG competition will still take place but the qualifiers will unfold online instead of a land-based location. This comes as a shock for those interested in participating in a tournament dedicated to four of the most popular games. Dota 2, CS:GO, Hearthstone and StarCraft II players will no longer have the opportunity of showcasing their skills in front of a live audience. That’s because the event is no longer taking place at the Santa Ana, California.
Starting on February 1 and concluding four days later, the qualifiers will take place over the Internet. That’s the consequence of the changes caused by the current migration policy of the United States of America. There was a serious concern that some players from various countries might be unable to travel to the US due to visa problems. Organizers found it worthwhile to shift the competition online.
Online WESG Americas Qualifiers
The decision to take the qualifiers to the Internet came as a surprise, but most players were not terribly disappointed. Those who participate in the Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments will compete against their peers from North and South America to avoid latency problems. These are two of the most popular games at the event, but it is likely that the same decision will be taken for the other two video games.
In the remaining days of 2017 as well as throughout January 2018, players are expected to find out more about the prize distribution. At the time of writing we know that the $75,000 awarded to Dota 2 winners will be divided among the top four teams in North and South America. They will collect an amount ranging from $20,000 to a consolation prize of $2500.