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
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 asked
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 round."
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.