Matthieu Dallon's OXENT acquire ESWC
Posted by Patrik "Raistlin" Hellstrand 51 weeks, 5 days ago
Matthieu Dallon (picture), the original founder of ESWC, comes in with a new company called OXENT to once again engage ownership over the worldwide competition movement.
Already in 2003, the Electronic Sports World Cup established itself as one of the most prestigious major events alongside World Cyber Games (WCG) and the CyberAthlete Professional League (CPL). After 9 successful events (including Masters of Athens, Paris and Cheonan) the company took a wrong turn during the global recession and filed for bankruptcy in May 2009.
DIP-Organisation, another French company, took over the brand a couple of months later and has since then kept the ESWC banner alive by hosting two major events. Eventually, a real estate profile named Jean-Pierre Coutant came in with the company Games Solution to acquire the red, white and blue brand from DIP.
Matthieu Dallon returned to ESWC shortly after the 2010 event. Coutant expressed his dismay over event partner DIP-Organisation and instead signed Dallon's OXENT to take command over the administration of the on-site and online qualifier tournaments in 2011.
Today's press release states that the organization of the next edition will soon be announced, including the games selected as official disciplines.
- "In 10 years, the ESWC has set most of the standards for modern electronic sport: generating player stardom, on-stage matches in front of a live audience, live commentary, live multi-platform broadcasts, uniting organisations from around the world, licencing rights with the major game publishers. The integration of the ESWC in Oxent's strategy marks a new departure for the competition," says Matthieu Dallon, titled Managing Director of OXENT and creator of ESWC.
The 2011 event included game titles StarCraft 2, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike Source, Dota 2, FIFA 11 and Trackmania Nations Forever.