PORTLAND, Oregon — October 19, 2015 — This past weekend, 68 fans of the Tetris® game competed in the 6th Annual Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC) at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in Oregon. The CTWC is an annual event organized by avid fans of the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System™ version of the game. Gamers from across the US and as far away as Finland battled one another in round after round of Tetris on the original NES.
The CTWC fostered fierce Tetrimino battles and resumed long-standing grudge matches featuring top competitors from around the globe, including returning champions Harry Hong (2014) and Jonas Neubauer (2013), both of Los Angeles, CA, alongside many other players who appeared in the award-winning Tetris documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.
After two days of qualifying rounds and the final 32-bracket seeded tournament, the ultimate victory went again to ¬¬¬¬¬Jonas Neubauer, who has been competing in and winning world-class level Tetris tournaments for many years. As the winner, Neubauer received $1,000 in prize money and took home the championship trophy. The second place competitor, Sean ‘Quaid’ Ritchie from Lomita, CA, was awarded $500, and the third and fourth place competitors each won $250.
This year’s CTWC also featured its very first Tetris® Ultimate tournament, played on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Developed by Ubisoft®, Tetris Ultimate continues the franchise’s legacy of offering continuous, mind-challenging fun for game fans of all ages. After a full day of qualifying rounds and a 16-bracket, single-elimination tournament, John Tran from Temecula, CA, and Nicholas Camino from Ponchatoula, LA, competed in a best-of-seven final matchup, resulting in Tran becoming the first CTWC Tetris Ultimate champion.
2015 CTWC by the numbers:
– 620,700 Tetriminos dropped (combined on NES and PS4)
– 2,172,450 button mashes (combined on NES and PS4)
– 500+ onsite spectators
– 47,000+ online viewers on hitbox.tv
About the Tetris® Brand
The Tetris® brand is one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world, with over half a billion mobile downloads and billions of games played online per year. In the game’s 30+ year history, hundreds of millions of players have experienced the Tetris Effect. Tetris is loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures. Working with Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, and Hasbro, the Tetris game continues to be one of the most widely recognized video games of all time. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of Tetris rights worldwide and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee. For the latest information about the Tetris brand and Tetris products, please visit www.tetris.com.
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