Hello everyone, Daniel Chau of ESGN TV (Youtube e-sports channel) recently (in Warsaw) made an interview with Viktor “Big Boss” Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. * * Inside: - 40 thousand teams were fighting in the WGL regions, out of that only 14 got to the finals - in organizing the WGL finals, Wargaming cooperated with ESL and Warsaw municipality - he believes that e-sports will be competing on TV with traditional sports - this year’s e-sports WG budget was 8 mil USD, next year it will be 10 mil USD - WGL finals prize pool was 2,5 mil USD - WoT is not intended as an e-sports game, the e-sports players simply came from the broad player base - for WoWp to become an e-sports game, a solid userbase is needed - WoWp is a “good game” and it does generate profit - the biggest competitor for WoWp is WoT – players go play planes a for a bit and they immediately return to tanks - Viktor Kislyi admits mistakes in WoWp development: FPS is not always optimal and there are also lag issues - currently, Wargaming Kiev is working on fixing those issues, development will continue afterwards - WoWs is in closed alpha, the battles can’t be hyperrealistic (fun is more important), will last 10-15 mins, experiments are going on - no set release date for WoWs yet - V.Kislyi’s dream is to make WoT e-sports big, he didn’t pay attention to e-sports before, but he was really carried away by Warsaw finals, he enlisted the help of pro e-sports players to make World of Tanks e-sports viable - Kislyi is 37 years old and admits e-sports now fascinate him, he thinks e-sports is the future

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