Cadred has laid its hands on a leaked letter to partners of the World Cyber Games that has confirmed the organisation will no longer be running traditional games tournaments and only supporting mobile phone games.
The news will come as a major shock to e-sports fans the world over and will also be a massive blow to games such as Counter-Strike 1.6 who have been supported continually by the event, which in its heyday was seen as the biggest e-sports event on the globe.
The motivation for it seems to be financial and it was clear that the games that were generating the most money in recent years were mobile phone titles, given their increasing presence on the ticket.
The letter, signed by Brad Lee, the CEO of WCG, read:
In recent years, the gaming and IT trends have been moving so fast. In the current status of gaming and IT industry, one of the most remarkable information to us was the mobile shipments have exceeded the PC shipments.
As wide spread mobile devices, mobile gamer would rapidly increase as well. In this situation, the major PC game publishers have been expanding their investment and business in the mobile game development & publishing.
This information was very cruel to us since we had been committed to the PC-Based gaming event for long time. 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.
Under this circumstance, we made a hard decision that we should bring the mobile, new key sector in the game industry, in our event concept. Hence, WCG decided to start the Mobile Game-Based Festival.
To create the Mobile Game-Based Festival, WCG is under the discussion with the sponsors and game publishers regarding new event structure and the countries for new festival. Therefore, there will be no longer present event module, such as Pan Championship, and PC-Based National Finals. And, the official game titles of WCG will consist of mobile games.
We'll be bringing you more in way of reaction to this massive story as we have it.
Note: The full image of the letter is not included to protect our source.