XI’AN, China, July 21 (Xinhua) — World Cyber Games (WCG) will focus more on cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence, robots, virtual reality and augmented reality, WCG CEO Lee Jung Jun has told Xinhua in Xi’an.
WCG was first held in 2001 but was halted after 2013 due to business re-adjustment of sponser Samsung. This year marks the 14th edition of the tournament and the first since its suspension, after painstaking preparations by the organizing committee and Administrative Committee of Qujiang New District.
“This year’s keywords are future, new technology and entertainment. We pick Qujiang New District for its incredible supporting facilities and more importantly, it surprised me that the leaders here should have their unique understandings of E-sports,” Lee said.
Despite intense E-sports competitions, highlights of the 2019 WCG also include ‘New Horizons’ programs such as VR championships, AI Masters and Ganker Arena, alongside E-sports conferences, TED Talks and a music carnival.
“WCG 2019 could provide inspiration for future development and technology. Those who devote themselves to AI, VR and robots can also find new direction through WCG,” Lee added.
The CEO also noted that the global event can be a chance for host city Xi’an to promote its own development.
“Xi’an is highly likely to be an E-sports world center. We’ve designed many cultural and creative products which have received positive market feedback. The city can make good use of this event to upgrade its cultural industry. It is a win-win situation,” he said.