IPL6 Killed: The Tragedy of IGN Revolution
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Since the announcement that IGN was sold to Ziff Davis was released, all gaming media and gamers were wondering what kind of bad news would follow this sale, yes, everyone knew it's just a beginning. And of course, it was also a question that whether IGN Pro League Season 6 which is scheduled for this March 28-31 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas would be held in time or not.
Then everything is expected. In late Feb, 1UP, UGO and Gamespy were announced to be closed. About two days ago, IPL 6 was cancelled with just over three weeks notice from official news. Those fans who purchased tickets for the event from all over the world should be excited and wait for the coming of IPL 6, now it feels like everything has gone with the wind.
IPL 6 was to feature headlining competitions in Blizzard's Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and upcoming expansion Heart of the Swarm, Riot Games' League of Legends, and Ubisoft's ShootMania Storm. For the professional teams and players, they spent a lot of time in practicing; and eSports fans, they booked tickets, hotels and hoped to see their favorite team wins in IPL6; gaming media staff prepared everything and was ready to report the exciting event. All of these have been ended with disappointment.
Almost all gaming sites reported the cancellation and sparked heated discussion. Well, here I read an interesting comment, some fans are happy with that because their favorite team WE which is from China and won IPL League of Legends Season 5's champion is possible to be the last champion of IPL, it's like a forever honor, in contrast, the cancellation of IPL6 is not a big deal. But still most people were talking about the reasons why they cancelled it. Then I wonder if your favorite teams got good ranking in last IPL, do you think there is influence on your favorite team because of the cancellation?
About why they cancelled the event, IGN says that it is "no longer in a position to commit the resources required to run another major independent event,", "I kind of saw this coming when IGN was sold. I remember reading that the new owner wasn't really interested in keeping IPL running and there was the chance that they would sell it off to someone.", Ebua, a reddit user said that in LoL section. As a Corp, Ziff Davis must have reasonable reasons, however, as gamers, no matter for what, it's not what we want after IGN is sold. Now things look turbulent and inconstant. We might not be able to see this popular eSports event until it finds a new acquirer, and we don’t know what worse will come. Do you still have confidence in IGN since it is likely to go through a big revolution?