The Alibaba e-commerce group has decided to jump into the world of esports this week, and they’re starting off with US$5.5 million in prizes for this year alone.
The prizes are for a new event called the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), announced via a press release on Alibaba’s sports site. WESG is the brainchild of Alibaba’s Alisports division, which is spending over US$15.4 million on esports through the carnival-esque event.
Finals for the inaugural WESG event will begin from next month, with tournaments to be held around the world for Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. The press release plans to attract qualifiers from more than 100 countries and regions, although no events are planned down under just yet. Kotaku Australia understands, however, that local organisers have been contacted with regards to future events.
The initial release also says that anti-doping measures will be implemented, along with regulations around ages, penalties and moral etiquette. What …