Tournament champion Joseph Saelee held his crown at the 2019 World Classic Tetris Championships. This past weekend, the tenth iteration of the annual contest was held over two days, with Californian champion Saelee overcoming all other competitors.
The two finalists received a special surprise at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in the Oregon Convention Center, when the renowned Tetris designer Alexey Pajitnov attended in person. The decisive match began and Pajitnov stayed to observe, then congratulated the participants and handed out their awards after the event was concluded.
Credit : Video from the classic tetris world championship Youtube Channel
Avid fans of timeless game franchise developed the Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC). The festival has drawn top competitors from all over the world to US shores throughout its initial decade. Talented players duke it out for the ultimate reward of $3,000 in prize money and the coveted CTWC trophy on October 20th after being whittled down to 48-bracket seededed draw!
Of course, Saelee won top honors while second went to Japanese Tetris Grand Master Koryan alongside $1,500 in prize money.The remainder of a total prize pool of $10,000, donated by the sponsor The Tetris Company, Inc., was divided to lower-ranking competitors.
Tetris has remained one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, since its introduction in 1984. It currently ranks second only to Minecraft, in terms of sales, and has been adapted almost countless times to modernize and rejuvenate the game over the years for various platforms. Recent innovations include the Tetris effect compatible with PSVR, and the Puyo Puyo Tetris crossover title.
Being the classic tournament, the competition for the weekend has been contested using the game’s 1989 version of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).