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The Venezuelan qualifier for the World Cyber Games was called off half way through last weekend, leaving all of the players empty-handed.
The qualifier was due to take place at the Sambil Maracaibo Convention Center in Maracaibo, the country's second largest city, and reward the winners of the tournaments with a spot in the 2010 Pan-American event.
It was impossible, according to the organizer of the Venezuelan qualifier, Christian Cox, to provide paid travel and accomodation to this year's WCG finals in Chengdu, citing that Samsung had decided to pull out as the main sponsor of the event due to a new law in the country against violent games.
However, according to, Rafael "MaldiNatOr" Moreno, captain of Counter-Strike team NoLimit, such law has yet not been approved and it only targets minors, just like it happens in Germany.
"This WCG was a fraud, and why was it a fraud? Because they made use of a law that has not been approved yet and is only for minors and they cancelled the trip to China and kept all the money to themselves," Moreno told HLTV.org.
But that was not the end of it. The DoTA qualifier was scheduled to start on Friday but when the participating teams arrived at the venue, there was still no sign of the computers. The competition ended up being transferred to a local internet cafe, whose owner did not take long to send the players back to the original venue as he had not been paid anything.
At the Sambil Maracaibo Convention Center, the Counter-Strike qualifier had started, but the company providing the computers and monitors started packing their things just two maps into the competition, claiming they had not been paid by the WCG organizer.
Meanwhile, the players learned that the organizer was not going to cover the teams' expenses, like he had promised to, leaving several gamers with nothing to eat and no place to stay for more than two days.
Things heated up right after as gamers protested against this situation, resulting in two of them being assaulted by the convention center's security. After this, the event was called off and the players were ordered to leave the venue.
This is not the first time that this has happened in Venezuela. In 2003, Cox, who has held the WCG license in the country for six years, refused to pay the plane tickets to the winning team, who ended up missing the event. In fact, he has only sent FIFA representatives to the world finals, from 2005 onwards.
As it stands now, the teams and players will not only miss out on the WCG finals, but also their involvement in next year's Pan-American tournament is in doubt. The Venezuelan community is now united against Cox as they hope he will finally lose his WCG license.
"We are studying a way to make a request but we never signed anything...," he added. "We want the WCG to give the license to someone else who is more serious and has a sense of responsibility."
HLTV.org has tried to contact the WCG on this matter, but without success.
Post edited 2009-09-15 22:18:27
I travelled from Caracas to Maracaibo for NeuralNet 5 only to find electricity problems in the event installation that the organization couldn't resolve promptly and that made us go to a friend's place to do our own small lan party. This was years ago and I can't comprehend how this guy was in charge of the WCG in Venezuela when everyone knows his inability to organize and be in charge of any event of this kind, not even a small lan party back in the day.
So please, on behalf of all the venezuelan gamers: keep Christian Cox away from the community or at least from any kind of organizing efforts for events of this relevance.
those guys that fraud must be reported, and they are damaging the reputation of the games in Venezuela because Venezuela is very good at video games.
Instead i ask you, do you know more than 1 team from Venezuela?
Now for australia i find Immunity that make some mess agains Grecce, UK and Portugal in some tornament, and if i'm wrong just let me know....
My point was that, you don't even know one single team from Venezuela.
So how can you judge them if you don't know them???...
of course you probably see the flag of portugal in some match, but they aren´t that well know exept purhaps Foxj (the AWP Master from portugal)
In fact they can have some greath team on the rising and you dont know that....
So give them the benefict of the douth.
btw. i know k1ck and defs, if they still are together...
Defs well i dont see any thing from them latly.
And BTW just give them the benefict of the douth. thats all i'm saying.
P.S: i give my self to the trouble to try and find SOMETHING about Venezuela, wasen't easy but my freind i find it.....
xix and n1.. (Venezuela) Hope u see it in WCG :D good teams.. the form to play is really diferent.
Couldn't find the other one (:
The benefic of the douth, because that....
they can actually play very good
Probably most of you don't have an idea of where Venezuela is, and most likely, you live pretty far away from us. Truth is Venezuela is a country with so much social and political problems that have been affecting us. When it got to our attention that the WCG was coming to Venezuela that made almost every venezuelan gamer happy since we rarely have the opportunity to compete for a spot in any international tournament, because of all our political problems, there just isn't any sponsor interested on promoting those kind of events.
What i would like everyone to understand, is our situation, try to feel how it is to be scammed like this and get no help from anybody since nobody cares. Please care, for the sake of gaming and for the sake of being respected. Tons of gamers invested their money to compete, money that in the end was stolen. Things like this needs to come to an end now
Thanks HLTV.org for the support
This "video gaming law" the organizer is apparently using as an excuse, is in first place in the debate phase, it has not even been approved yet. And secondly this law would also affect WCG Brasil, since there is the same law in order, since january 2008
Post edited 2009-09-16 00:28:43
just a guy with bad intentions..
Does the name Hugo Chavez ring any bells?
I agree with Lupan
whhat political problems?
he was a bad organizer that I do not carry out its work
That said lies to many players
Post edited 2009-09-16 07:45:08
I sent already 2 mails to WCG but still without an Answer
Like neto said: "Tons of gamers invested their money to compete, money that in the end was stolen. Things like this needs to come to an end now"
Please WCG Step ahead
Post edited 2009-09-16 04:27:18
Post edited 2009-09-16 04:42:05
Awful nothing more to say I fear.
Post edited 2009-09-16 13:50:24
This could be something for this new G7 thing or ????
If you want some demos of our teams
sry 4 my ugly english x_x