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Coverage: ESWC'09
Fragster talks with Matthieu Dallon (55 comments)
Posted by xou @ 12:39 CDT, 11 May 2009 - iMsg
Tonight Fragster released an interview with the most popular man behind Games-Services and ESWC. Germany David "R0cK3r" Donschen could talk with France Matthieu Dallon about the Games-Services' bankrupt, the business model they used, the missing prize money from past events and the hypothetical future of the ESWC.
Do you think that we can see an ESWC event in the near future?
M. Dallon: Considering the necessary time for a potential trade-in and then, the minimum time to sale sponsorships offers and to produce the event, we shall wait until the end of the year.
The full interview is available in English on Also the same author wrote an in-depth article, "The End of a Great Dotcom Idea", covering the situation surrounding the GS bankrupt.
Edited by Nukm at 13:07 CDT, 11 May 2009 - 19384 Hits
ESWC Asia Masters 2009 - rankings (23 comments)
Posted by PuertoRican @ 02:00 CDT, 7 May 2009 - iMsg
The grand final match of the Starcraft even is about to take place. So far at the ESWC Asia Masters event, we've seen Korea (Republic of) TossGirl take out China Super, Ukraine White-Ra take out United States of America IdrA, TossGirl take out Super, White-Ra take out TossGirl, and IdrA take out TossGirl.

Update: The final match was just played. IdrA faced White-Ra in the grand final match. The maps were Medusa, Destination, and Sin Harmony.

Final rankings- Startcraft
1st - United States of America IdrA - $5,000
2nd - Ukraine White-Ra - $3,000
3rd - Korea (Republic of) TossGirl - $1,000
4th - China Super

Edited by xou at 03:47 CDT, 7 May 2009 - 12335 Hits
ESWC Asia Masters finals this weekend (14 comments)
Posted by PuertoRican @ 07:21 CDT, 30 April 2009 - iMsg
The eswc ESWC Asia Masters 2009 final will be held this weekend from May 2nd to May 5th in the city of Cheonan.

A total of 4 Starcraft players will be competing for the $9,000 prize pool. Ukraine White-Ra, China Super, United States of America IdrA and Korea (Republic of) TossGirl will be in attendance to help celebrate the first ever ESWC Asia Masters event and also to represent Starcraft as a whole, since this is the first time ever that its been in an ESWC event.

May 4th and 5th will be the Starcraft play day's, while other games and events will be held during the complete event. Yours truly, (me), will be on the scene during May 1st until the 6th, to get as many interviews and random crazy stuff that I can share with all of you. Artosis will also be there as a commentator.

If you want to see how White-Ra, Super and IdrA qualified for the finals of this event, you can watch the videos from their final matches below.

YouTube's user page for the videos: SCForAll
Edited by xou at 10:15 CDT, 30 April 2009 - 13578 Hits
ESWC Bankrupt? (212 comments)
Posted by oneroomdisco @ 13:15 CDT, 5 April 2009 - iMsg
As just reported on (french), it appears that Game-Services, the company that owns ESWC, is undergoing judicial liquidation (bankruptcy).

Complexity had contacted Game-Services about this issue, and received this response:
Games-Services SA ceases all activities. Its liquidation has been pronounced by the Commercial Court of Paris March 30, 2009. In consequence, all the employees and managers have been relieved from their duties and laid off April 2nd, by the adjudication. The process of liquidation, which is starting this week, will notably organize the potential trade-in or resale of the company’s assets including the Electronic Sports World Cup and Overgame.
So although ESWC can be bought by another company, it appears that as of now, there will be no future ESWC Qualifiers or Final Events.

Also reported by Complexity here.
Edited by xou at 13:37 CDT, 5 April 2009 - 123607 Hits
ESWC finals postponed (80 comments)
Posted by Paladia @ 10:21 CDT, 22 March 2009 - iMsg
Due to the current financial crisis, the ESWC Grand Finals has been postponed until the end of the year.

None of the past ESWC partners has yet renewed its support for 2009, [..] No new partner is ready to commit on financial support of events operations in 2009. The IT & Hardware market is very affected here in Western Europe, as probably in the rest of the world.

Sponsorships and communication budgets are the first to be canceled in such situation. And as E-Sport stands as a niche value for most of the brands, it is even more difficult

(As a result) we will suspend the upcoming Grand Final of June to postpone it to last quarter 2009.
Says Matthieu Dallon, the ESWC president.

The financial situation has certainly had its negative impact on electronic sports recently, with ESWC struggling, MYM closing down large parts of their organisation, AMD stopping all major sponsorships and mTw being forced to cut gamer salaries by 50-75%. Apart from the ever successful Starcraft in Korea, progaming seems to have gone back several years just in the past few months.
Edited by Paladia at 13:35 CDT, 22 March 2009 - 33608 Hits
ESWC Asia Masters Starcraft qualifiers (17 comments)
Posted by PuertoRican @ 20:38 CDT, 15 March 2009 - iMsg
The Cheonan 2009 eSports Cultural Festival presents ESWC Asia Masters – Starcraft

For the first time, Starcraft will be in an ESWC event. 4 players from around the world will fly to Cheonan City, South Korea to participate in the ESWC Masters. Here's all the information that you’ll need in the qualification process:

There are 2 ways to play in a regional qualifying event. Each regional qualifying event will have a total of 16 players. 14 of these players will be invited to the tournament. The other 2 players will be qualified through an open tournament system.

Edited by PuertoRican at 20:38 CDT, 15 March 2009 - 11414 Hits
ESWC Asia Masters 2009 - UPDATE! (13 comments)
Posted by PuertoRican @ 20:20 CST, 5 March 2009 - iMsg
UPDATE (11 March 2009): Registration for this even is now OPEN!

ESWC Masters will be held in Asia for the first time, in the city of Korea (Republic of) Cheonan.

Together, ESWC and Cheonan City will host the ESWC Asia Masters in Cheonan.
From May 2nd 2009 to May 5th 2009, ESWC Masters will be held within the "2009 Cheonan International e-Sports Culture Festival" for the first time in Asia.

cs Counter Strike 1.6, wc3_1 Warcraft 3, Special Force, fifa Fifa Online 2, StarCraft Starcraft Brood War. 5 games with a total prize money of approximately $100,000.

Edited by Nicky at 05:28 CDT, 11 March 2009 - 9491 Hits
French ESWC 2009 qualifiers (22 comments)
Posted by xou @ 06:40 CST, 13 February 2009 - iMsg
Scheduled: 04:00 CDT, 30 May 2009 to 14:00 CDT, 31 May 2009
Schedule: Passed

The eswc French ESWC 2009 qualifiers will be held in Puteaux near Paris during the 30th of 31st of May 2009. The following tournaments will take place during that weekend:
- cs Counter-Strike
- cs-w Counter-Strike women
- wc3 Warcraft III TFT
- tmn Trackmania Nations Forever
- Quake 3 Quake III
Source: (French)
Edited by xou at 06:41 CST, 13 February 2009 - 19716 Hits
ESWC Masters event in Cheonan, S. Korea (38 comments)
Posted by PuertoRican @ 02:01 CST, 3 February 2009 - iMsg
As revealed on, over 200 gamers from 10 countries will attend an eswc ESWC Masters held in Korea (Republic of) Cheonan City between the 2nd and 5th of May.

The South Korean players will have to get through a qualification tournament to participate in this Masters while all the others will get invitations. The invitations announcement should be released during April.

starcraft_ Starcraft, wc3 Warcraft 3, cs Counter-Strike 1.6 and two unannounced Korean titles will be the themes of the tournaments, making it the first of many times you will see Starcraft, the greatest PC game ever, at an ESWC event.

Aside from the competitions, a festival will include an IT exhibition, international digital conferences and more.

Edited by xou at 04:22 CST, 3 February 2009 - 15867 Hits
ESWC - Information Released (315 comments)
Posted by Nicky @ 09:18 CST, 16 January 2009 - iMsg
The general regulations, competitions rules and games settings have now been released by eswc ESWC for their 2009 season.

Competition rules and Games Settings Overview

Defending Champions for ESWC Grand Final 2009 will be confirmed early May.
Edited by Nicky at 09:19 CST, 16 January 2009 - 173830 Hits
ESWC 2009 Worldwide Preliminaries (38 comments)
Posted by Nicky @ 02:57 CST, 9 January 2009 - iMsg
Games-Services Games-Services has released the first list of countries which will take place in the 7th eswc ESWC season in 2009.
"Each ESWC National Strategic Partner will be responsible for the entire national process of selection of its video games champions according to the regulations, specifications and charters provided by the ESWC Organizing Committee. All the qualified champions will have the opportunity to represent their countries and clubs next June 2009 in Paris for the 7th ESWC Grand Final."

Games Services are still in discussions with the following countries ....

Updated listed will be made available in a few weeks.
Edited by Nicky at 03:00 CST, 9 January 2009 - 18212 Hits
Spart1e: I'm really hungry for revenge (58 comments)
Posted by adn @ 11:15 CDT, 25 October 2008 - iMsg
Last weekend the 22 year-old Swedish player shocked some of the community with his 2nd place at the eswc ESWC Masters of Athens tournament. On route to the final, Sweden Sebastian "Spart1e" Siira became the first person to knock Belarus Alexei 'Cypher' Yanyshevsky out of a competition this year after an exciting semi-final match.

Siira went onto the final in which he was defeated by SK Gaming's United States of America Shane 'Rapha' Hendrixson over three maps. In an interview with Four Kings, Siira has openly stated he will be looking to seek revenge for his loss.
"Rapha played really good; it's hard to play a player like him. He won this fight, but Spartaaaa are really hungry for revenge."
Edited by Nicky at 13:46 CDT, 25 October 2008 - 31136 Hits
Masters of Athens pics (4 comments)
Posted by noctis @ 15:27 CDT, 21 October 2008 - iMsg
pics'n stuff

cba writing for every pic where when what why etc. so i'll just add names
Edited by nickorsmth at 15:32 CDT, 21 October 2008 - 12247 Hits
ESWC Masters of Athens is over! (792 comments)
Posted by Nicky @ 14:13 CDT, 18 October 2008 - iMsg
Scheduled: 06:00 CDT, 17 October 2008 to 13:00 CDT, 18 October 2008
Schedule: Passed

eswc ESWC Masters of Athens is now over. Results of all matches can be found below. If you missed any matches demos can be found here on ESReality and on the ESWC FTP.

Thank you to drago for supplying the video stream and to all who provided GTV relays and of course the staff at ESWC. Don't forget to check out Greece MaJunior's gallery and interview with spart1e just before the Semi-Finals.

Group Stage 1

Group Stage 2

Finals Bracket

eswc ESWC Masters of Athens :: Quake3 Schedule :: Demos
Quake 3 Files needed for GTV and Demo play back
SK Gaming ESWC favourite av3k: I lack the self-confidence I need :: Your guide to loving ESWC Athens
SK Gaming ESWC Athens - tragic, thrilling, unbelievable (videos inside)
Germany interviews: SK.Rapha, link1n fox: Low expectations for Athens
Sweden Spart1e interviewed
Germany German coverage provided by and
Poland Polish coverage provided by
Edited by Nicky at 05:05 CST, 27 November 2008 - 277016 Hits
interview with spart1e (19 comments)
Posted by MaJunior @ 10:11 CDT, 18 October 2008 - iMsg
At the beginning of the 2nd Group Stage of the eswc ESWC Masters of Athens 2008, Greece MaJunior managed to catch Sweden Sebastian "xlo.spart1e" SIIRA for a short interview!
Here is some good lines to read during the break before the Final between United States of America SK.Rapha and the Swedish man start!

Edited by xou at 10:24 CDT, 18 October 2008 - 15438 Hits
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