As previously stated, the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship announcement received mixed reviews. To keep you informed on both sides of the story, we have posted the WCA response below.
This originally appeared on www.worldcubeassociation.org.
Announced by Olivér Perge on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5:11 AM EDT
Dear WCA Community,
On the 25th of October, 2017 Red Bull announced the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship. It will be a series of qualifier competitions in specific countries, and the winners will qualify for a final competition in Boston, USA. More information can be found here: https://www.redbullmindgamers.com/rubiks
In light of this news we feel it is important to address everyone who works for the WCA, has competed at our competitions before, or is simply interested and supportive of the WCA and what it stands for. There are already a lot of rumors spreading around within our community, and as the leaders of the WCA, we feel obliged to inform you about our view on the matter and our position on the future.
Red Bull has teamed up with Rubik’s Brand Ltd. to create their own speedcubing competitions around the world. These competitions were announced without the knowledge of the WCA and they use different regulations, events and formats. Therefore the WCA will not announce these competitions, and will not recognize the results of these competitions.
Members and staff of the WCA are free to compete in these Red Bull competitions. The WCA will not sanction anyone who wishes to enter the competitions. We will still welcome anyone to our competitions, and will treat everyone equally and friendly. We also expect from our members to stay friendly towards any competitor in the Red Bull competitions.
All staff of the WCA are expected to be loyal to the WCA mission and to defend and protect the WCA’s integrity. There is currently insufficient information on the Red Bull competitions to determine whether this is something the WCA can and will support or not. We will inform our staff further once we have more information. For now feel free to ask questions on the delegate group or to the board.
We would like to comfort everyone by saying that the WCA is here for all of you, and we welcome anyone to join us, regardless of age or proficiency in speedcubing. We provide a spectrum of different events and different variants, with the freedom of choice in any brand or puzzle to compete with. We continue to grow, and are set to have more than 1,000 competitions in 2018 worldwide, in around 90 countries. We are also an independent organization, and will work to stay independent.
The WCA is very proud of what it has achieved in more than a decade, and we will focus on maintaining and improving our work. We believe that keeping our goals and missions, and protecting our values is a core necessity in moving forward. As we think that this is not a destination, but rather a journey, we do believe that it is crucial to keep ourselves updated on the current issues and to learn and adjust to the demands and needs of our community.
As a growing organization, we put continuous effort in becoming more professional and achieving a higher quality standard. We are in the final steps of becoming a non-profit organization. We are also looking for cooperations with companies and sponsors to give all people across the globe access to WCA competitions. Additionally, we are considering the help of external parties which could help us get better and more appealing media coverage and reach out to people outside our community. The WCA will be glad to work with any other party to achieve its goals, if the conditions are right for the WCA and its members.
We are looking forward to further developments. We are proud of the people who contribute to the WCA and we will work tirelessly to represent the WCA and its members.
WCA Board of Directors