Intel Extreme Masters China forced to cancel
by Alan LaFleur September 18, 2012 @ 04:09pm
The unrest is over the Japanese government's decision to nationalize the gas-rich Senkaku Islands off the coast of China in the East China Sea. The nationalization was through a purchase of the islands from their private owner in Japan on September 10th. The Chinese government objected and promised "serious consequences" if the Japanese government did not stop the purchase of said islands.
The unrest in China over the proclamation by the Japanese government is not likely to die down in the coming weeks. Therefore it the shutdown was in the best interest for the safety of ACG, IEM, and the people traveling to the event.
Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz, ESL's Director of Pro Gaming, issued the following statement:
"We were all looking forward to going to China yet again as last year's tournament in Guangzhou, at the same venue, was a great success for us. Fans from all over the world surely remember...the first ever encounter between Western League of Legends teams and their Chinese counterparts."
Blicharz also announced that IEM will be announcing another tournament for Asia in the near future.
Teams that qualified and already booked their travel will be compensated by IEM. The teams that had qualified included:
- Team Dynamic
- Team Immunity (Australia)
- Meet Your Makers
- Monomaniac Ferus