Good day everyone,
Here is a quick Q&A with the Global Head of WGL Mohamed Fadle, as well as WGL APAC Head Jini Jun . This was during WG’s APAC Season 2 Finals in Taipei, Taiwan. It covers the response to the APAC competitive gaming scene as well as the future of WG’s eSports as a whole. From the Taiwanese site Game Watch.
– It’s not finished yet, but what’s the response of Season 2 so far?
Mr. Fadl: From a global point of view, the strong professional team has won and has steadily participated in the season final, but this year the professional team did not come to the finals, the semi-professional, the amateur team reached the season final. Also, this year, we’re getting inquiries about sponsorships from major companies such as Russian and American telecommunications companies. I think that’s a testament that we have interest in general corporations.
– The pros aren’t winning, but what do you think is the reason?
Mr. Fadl: Personally I do not change generations, but the professional team well studied and the new generation of players have more flexibility, leading to ingenious plays and ideas, and it ends up changing the professional’s way of thinking. So, in the future, I think there is a possibility that the current winning team will be replaced with another new team.
– What teams and players are paying attention at the moment?
Mr. Fadl: Although there are no specific teams, Russia and Europe fight in a very textbook manner, so actually they do not feel interesting, but North America and APAC constantly bring new tactics, things I had never seen, so I like watching the game.
– What are some of these “crazy strategies” that you speak of?
Mr. Fadl: In the game two weeks ago, the WGL game adopted and attack/defense mode, but the defense side abandoned the defense, walked away from the defense point and surprised the other team from behind, It was an interesting battle specializing in annihilating the opponent, ignoring the basic rule of protecting bases. I publish the top 5 video in each region, introducing interesting places, favorable play, rare play of each game, but I am looking forward to seeing it every week.
– About rule change after the FGF, it is said that we will announce the contents during the GF, but what is the general aim? Would you like to increase your interest in the tournament as well?
Mr. Fadl: Basically, that’s right. Tournament participants and watching hours have increased three times as much as last year. However, since I get tired of just repeating the same thing, I would like to create new charm by adding changes.
– Why did you return the APAC FINAL venue to Taiwan?
Mr. Fadl: Because rice is delicious (laugh). That was a joke, but since I had plans to do WGL here originally, I also thought that doing it together with APAC FINAL made it possible to provide new events of an unprecedented scale. Secondly, in collaboration with the Taiwan government that has been continuing since then, full cooperation has been obtained for the venue Good day everyone,
This is a Q&A from the gaming site Game Watch, with the head of WarGaming’s Competitive this time, it’s being co-sponsored by the Taiwanese government.
– In the sense that it can be said that it was good that the Taiwanese team could participate in APAC FINAL this time?
Jungwon Hahn: I think that not only we but also the players and the team think so. As the government, players, and teams are supporting us, we are pleased to be able to bring big events –
What is your next plan? How about Japan?
Mr. Fadl: The next venue has not been decided yet, but I personally think that I can do it in Japan or China. Because there are many fans in Japan and China, and the food is delicious (lol). Many people have enjoyed Pacific Rumble which was held in Japan before, and they want to do Pacific Rumble from other areas as well. We have not been able to hold APAC FINAL yet in Japan, but I like Japan and I think that GF in the future can be done in Japan.
– That GF will be held in Moscow this year, why?
Mr. Fadl: Every formal GF has been held in Poland so far, it will be the first time to hold in Moscow. Russia has the largest community. They had a strong request from me that they wanted the world ‘s best to battle in Russia. This time it was finally possible to provide the first GF in Russia.
– What kind of event will be the first Russian GF?
Fadl: Wargaming.net will definitely become the biggest event ever in history. We are preparing a venue that will add at least 30,000 people, at least as much as last year. Viewing time for online distribution is very long, and viewers are watching for an average of two hours. Since Russia is prominent with the numbers and it is popular over there, we are very much looking forward to seeing how many customers will come when we’re actually holding the GF.
– Reason for selection of GF’s wild card this year
Mr. Fadl: There are two basic rules in the selection, one giving one to the venue. The other is to target all the regions to the most unique or talented team. This year we will be given to Challenger Rumble’s champion team, so there are all three wildcards.
– What will be the impact of changing specifications of Tier X’s light tanks and self-propelled guns on WGL in the new version?
Mr. Fadl: I think the impact is great. Pros are sensitive to the latest information, and some of them are already testing things. A big change in tactics will come next season. Early teams also started training with new tactics. If we have major changes, we’ll prepare an environment to touch and contact in advance, so I think that you’ll see a big different battle from the beginning in the next season.
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– In the coming season, is not the new rule applied in GF?
Mr. Fadl: Since the update timing is not yet announced, I do not know when it will change, but I think that there are many teams that will adopt Tier X light tanks and self-propelled guns if they’re implemented before GF. There are many things I can not say yet, but the professional teams are preparing to update.
– Will WGL’s tier point after the new version was adopted remain at 68? Or will it be 70 in line with Tier X adoption of light tanks?
Mr. Fadl: (laugh). I am just discussing about that now. I was going to draw a conclusion within the next two weeks, so I was surprised that the question came out now. Personally I think that 70 is better, but there are opinions that 68 is good, so I’d like to talk over two weeks considering which one can be balanced.
– What are the plans to expand WGL to console and mobile?
Mr. Fadl: I have plans. Since F2P titles do not have a set lifetime, I would like to continue to grow in the future. Since WoT Blitz has all the tournament and observer modes, I’d like to prepare for the tournament in order of Blitz, WoWS, and World of Tanks Console in turn.
– I think that the console version is quite strong in Japan with many users?
Mr. Fadl: If you are planning to start e-sports at the console, I definitely want to start from Japan. The reason is that many console players have bad manners and attitudes, but there are many polite people in Japan, so I’m thinking of raising the image of e sports so I will cultivate it carefully.
– What is the ultimate goal, personal ambition of WGL?
Mr. Fadl: For the whole of WGL, I always want to offer what the players are looking for. At the moment there is the most need to compete, so I would like to respond to it. Also, since players not only play but also like to watch as spectators, I personally want to establish a new entertainment that follows Hollywood movies and watching traditional sports. Many people are watching TV and sports, but I would like to make such a world that looks at e sports on the Internet by repainting it.
– What are the specific medium-term and long-term measures for that?
Mr. Fadl: There are various things to think about in the long span. In such a case, I think that I am going to see a big dream or just see reality without having a dream at all, but for me I want to have a big dream. For example, we want to make content that allows viewers to participate as well as participating in and participating in players. I would like to make content that is being experienced together so that those who are viewing it actually vote or can take some action on the content. Incidentally, although I briefly explained now, in fact the plan of 68 pages has just been completed last week, and if I have time I would like to explain it for several days (laugh).
– I would like to ask about WGL’s website operation. WGL has a bronze league and a silver league along with gold league at the top, with the aim of increasing the number players in competitive World of Tanks, but honestly, I do not know well where information other than the gold league can be seen. I do not even know who is participating and winning or losing, but are you planning to improve it?
Jini Jun: For the WGL page, we only cover the Gold Series. The reason is that bronze, silver, semi-professional and amateurs are participating, so we are trying to integrate it with the official website of “World of Tanks” separately so as not to show the threshold high. Silver and bronze understand that it is difficult to confirm, but I am adjusting it so that it will be easier to participate in the future.
– I like WGL very much and I am watching it every week, but I am concerned that the updates for the APAC page is always late. There are many delays, and sometimes things aren’t updated even after one day after the match, and there are many mistakes in fighting cards and scores. Many people are concerned not only viewers like myself, but also by players participating. What do you think of this as a representative of APAC?
Mr. Jun: At the moment there are also parts that APAC partners that have been changed, and partners to manage. Some of these errors, I believe, are from partners not knowing how to do big updates like this. However, I am grasping the problem and trying to improve things as much as possible. I think that such errors will decrease in the coming season. One of the other main causes is that APAC is involved in various countries and a lot of languages, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippines, Vietnam etc. so it’s pretty easy for mistakes to happen.
Mr. Fadl: I would like to apologize from myself, this should not happen as much as possible, I do not want to show you, but I think I’m very sorry as I actually got up to speed . With the increased size in management, hopefully these errors become less frequent.
– I want to know what is happening to the Korean WoT community. GOLD BASS, who also had GF participation experience, was sluggish from the beginning, MELTDOWN abstained on the way and DarkWolves also finished 7th. Is there no revival of Korea’s “WoT” community which is an eSports power country?
Mr. Jun: First of all, the Korean team will surely come back. Things have been like this for many years. EL Gaming is the only professional to say, they can live only by the game and are always prepared. Other teams, including those outside of Korea, are semi-professional, amateur teams. After, for example, entering university, I am addicted to “World of Tanks” and I will participate in WGL for four years, but if I get a job after that I will not be able to continue that as part of my life. As a result, the team is broken up and members are missing. That is true for the Korean team this season.
– So what does WarGaming have planned for solving one of the major problems in eSports: that players are unable to devote the necessary time for practices do to personal and professional lives, and things like that?
Mr. Fadl: The solution to that problem is one of the ultimate goals for us. For many people e-sports is a hobby, not even professionals are dedicating everything to professional life, there are players who have it as sort of a part-time job, even among the professionals as well. I think that this will depend on future growth as time passes, as e sports grows and grows, it will be sponsored and the perception from the public will change. We also want to support them, and the other aspects that support them. Actually, building that support is part of GF’s announcement.