Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel won the title of greatest videogame player
in the world after he took on 32 other finalists. Besides the
title, he also scored $150,000 (which means he might be able to afford
an Xbox 360 on E-bay). The interesting thing about the release is
that he actually had to fight his way up through the losers bracket
instead of winning all the way through, I guess he's human after all.
Fatal1ty Crowned 2005 CPL
World Tour Champion
Takes Home a Whopping $150,000
NEW YORK - Nov. 23, 2005 - Fanâ€™s were
enthralled last night as 24-year old Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
walked off the stage $150,000 richer and carrying the title, greatest
videogames player in the world, after besting all 32 finalists at the 2005
Cyberathlete Professional Leagueâ€™s (CPL) $1,000,000 World Tour Final.
The game was Painkiller, a PC game from the developer Dreamcatcher, a fast
paced, first person shooter that requires precision and quick reflexes.
The audience of hundreds at this yearâ€™s event rapidly became familiar with the
game as they watched every move on two jumbo screens hanging from the stage
area and listened as two Shoutcasters gave play by play analysis. It was
a classic heavyweight boxing match, except that the setting was on the stage of
Nokiaâ€™s famed theatre and not a single physical blow was given. The final
knockout came from a fingertip and a single click of a mouse.
Fatal1tyâ€™s final challenger was Sander "VoO" Kaasjager, a 20-year old
from Holland, and
the number one ranked Painkiller player in the world coming into this event. VoO
came into the final as the top seed, while Fata1ty entered after winning the
loserâ€™s bracket. VoO only had to win two of three games, while Fata1ty
was required to win at least four as he hobbled in from the loserâ€™s bracket.
Four straight games and 60 minutes later Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
was crowned this yearâ€™s World Champion. VoO, still stunned by the
merciless defeat, was handed a check for $100,000 as well as an additional
$20,000 for being voted the CPL 2005 Most Valuable Player.
"This yearâ€™s final was the most exciting final to date; we could not have
for a more fitting match," said Angel Munoz, founder of the CPL.
"This is what
everyone wanted to see, the Number One gamer in the world against the Number One
Painkiller player in the World. It was the equivalent of having Mike
Tyson take on Muhammad Ali and having Ali knock him out in the fourth
The final was televised live on MTV Networkâ€™s broadband channel,
Overdrive. A special 30 minute broadcast of the CPL event will be aired
on Saturday on MTV. MTV news will also cover the event as is scheduled to
appear on MTVâ€™s popular TRL show.