Cyberathlete professional league (CPL) was one the biggest tournaments that changed the face of eSports around the globe. It gave opportunity to gamers around the world to display their prowess in their respective games. A really disturbing news has been reported by Gamesindustry.biz, it reports that CPL has ceased all its operation from March 13 onwards. The 2008 CPL events have been officially canceled.
Here is what the official CPL statement read:
“The CPL was launched in June 1997 with the pioneering mission of promoting and sanctioning video game competitions as a professional sport. For ten years the CPL events experienced increased growth – commencing with a small LAN event in Dallas, Texas, and culminating in world-class competitions across five continents.
“However, the current fragmentation of the sport, a crowded field of competing leagues, and the current economic climate have prompted the CPL to suspend its pro-tournament operations. The CPL regrets that this news will disappoint those that were planning on attending the summer and winter events this year.
“Many thanks to all of the sponsors and partners that helped CPL establish the groundwork for professional video game competitions. Their vision and pioneering spirit should always be remembered.”
The CPL has a very strong fan following around the World, we have no doubt that gamers from around the globe will unite to bring back CPL. Let’s hope for the best.