China is not just one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but the “former” sleeping giant has also one of the most number of e-sports audience in a country---in terms of population, which numbers in millions. That is why CPL is organizing its 2012 event in Shenyang, and Blizzard is holding its Starcraft 2 Battle.net World Championships in Shanghai.
Not only Shanghai will be hosting Starcraft 2, but Blizzard has decided to include also the global World of Warcraft Arena finals competition. The dual world championships will be held on November 17-18, and with the added bonus of allowing attendees with some hands-on time with some of the latest Blizzard games. Hmmmm... Farm The Butcher 1,000 times China-edition anyone?
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime is optimistic and looking forward to seeing the best players in the World Championships Series face each other in the finale of the Battle.net event in Shanghai, China. He also observed that the level of competition in the Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft Arena seen around the world is nothing short of amazing, so he is anticipating a truly epic conclusion.
Neatease, the publisher of both Blizzard games in China, has made the event possible. CEO William Ding is naturally focused on the event and is excited to be a partner of Blizzard in bringing a world-class esports event in China. He stated that “There are millions of eSports enthusiasts in China and we’re looking forward to presenting them with the opportunity to come together, have fun, and celebrate their passion for professional gaming.”