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Joseph Saelee Wins Classic Tetris World Championship

BOOM, Tetris for Joseph

The Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC), now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is complete. Following two days of intense competition, returning 2018 champion Joseph Saelee, of California, out bested opponents for the win at the annual event which took place this weekend at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center.

As a special surprise to the winners, Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris®, was on hand to witness the finals, congratulate winners and hand out the awards.

Created by avid fans of the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) version of the game, CTWC is known as one of the premier competitions by top ranked Tetris players from around the world, including the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition to Saelee, this year’s competitors included Jonas Neubauer (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), Harry Hong (2014), European champion Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson, Japanese Tetris Grand Master Koryan, and many other players featured in the award-winning documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.

The event took place this weekend with qualifying rounds and an intense, final 48-bracket seeded tournament, which took place today.

To help celebrate the CTWC’s 10th anniversary, The Tetris Company, Inc. sponsored the event with $10,000 in cash prizes. As champion, Saelee was awarded $3,000 in prize money and the coveted CTWC trophy. Second place winner Koryan was awarded $1,500. Third place winner Batfoy, of Minnesota, and fourth place winner DanQZ, of New Jersey, each received $750. $500 prizes were awarded to contestant who ranked fifth through eighth place, and $250 for those who came in ninth through sixteenth place. Additionally, Super Impulse and Paladone outfitted competitors with new licensed Tetris products including Tetris Micro Arcade units and Tetrimino Light kits, respectively.

Tetris 99 - Grand Prix 8 is Luigi's Mansion 3 themed, starts October 25


On October 25, Tetris 99 players can participate in the eighth Maximus Cup/Grand Prix. The upcoming event will be Luigi's Mansion 3 themed with Gooigis and Pulterpups representing the KOs. If you net yourself 100 points, you will keep the new theme permanently. The battle ends on October 29.

PUMA Launches New PUMA x TETRIS Sneakers and Apparel

BOOM! sneakers for Tetris

Herzogenaurach, Germany, October 17, 2019 – Sports company PUMA has created a collection celebrating TETRIS®, one of the most recognizable video games in history, with shoes and apparel that feature the iconic Tetrimino playing pieces.

Ingeniously simple and timelessly engaging, TETRIS®, which was created by Russian video game designer Alexey Pajitnov, has been a favourite among video gamers of all ages since its debut in 1984.

The PUMA x TETRIS collection includes PUMA’s future-retro sneakers RS 9.8 and RS-X in daring colors inspired by the game, with falling Tetriminos sprinkled across the heel. Reflective trimmings and a 3D heat-cut TETRIS® tongue logo add to the striking look of the RS-X. The phrase “HARD DROP” printed on the RS-X’s 3D heel is a nod to the command in the game, which makes the Tetriminos land instantly.

Like how you aim to clear lines by forming complete rows of Tetriminos in TETRIS®, there can’t be any gaps in the outfit. The collection includes apparel such as the PUMA x TETRIS XTG Track Jacket, which has PUMA’s cat logo printed on the chest and Tetriminos arranged in the shape of PUMA’s classic formstrip design element on the back. The matching PUMA x TETRIS Tee and PUMA x TETRIS XTG Track Pants complete the look.

To get that geometric glow, the PUMA x TETRIS collection, available for adults and kids, drops globally on PUMA.com, PUMA stores and select retailers on October 17.

Tetris champs prepare to battle at the 10th annual classic Tetris World Championships on Oct. 18th to 20th, 2019

Who will be the classic Tetris king this year?

WHAT: On October 18-20, the 10th annual CTWC, a tournament organized by avid Tetris fans, returns at the Oregon Convention Center during the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, where Tetris masters from around the world compete against each other playing the 1989 NES version of the Tetris game for a chance to win the coveted CTWC trophy and their share of $10K in total cash prizes. Competitors will include returning champions Joseph Saelee (2018), Jonas Neubauer (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), Harry Hong (2014), European champion Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson, Japanese Tetris Grand Master Koryan, and many other players featured in the award-winning documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.

Entry fee for the CTWC is $20. Entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as time permits. For details, prizing and rules for all tournaments, please visit http://thectwc.com/rules/.

CTWC to also feature:
Fun Tetris Game Demos: Attendees can demo TETRIS® EFFECT by Enhance, now available on PlayStation®4, with optional support for PlayStation®VR, and on PC via EPIC Games Store, with support for VR Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Learn more at https://www.tetriseffect.game. AtGames® Digital Media Inc. will also showcase its new Legends Ultimate arcade machine, featuring hundreds of classic arcade and home video games in a full-sized arcade unit. Learn more at https://arcades.atgames.net.
Additional Sponsors Include: The Tetris Company, Inc., Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), Shack News, Super Impulse, Paladone, CogWorks Laboratory, PriceCharting, Swedish Columbia, The Gaming Stadium, Total Radness and WiseApe Tea.
WHERE: Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon

The CTWC finals will be livestreamed on Sunday, Oct. 20 at https://www.twitch.tv/classictetris

CTWC SCHEDULE:

Friday, Oct. 18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Mini-tournaments
Saturday, Oct. 19
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: NES Qualifying Rounds
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Seeds 17-48 compete in a “Round Zero” to advance to the 32-player tournament bracket Main Event on Sunday
Sunday, Oct. 20
10:30 am – 1:15 pm: Early Qualifying Rounds – Top 32 and Top 16
2:00 pm – 4:55 pm: Qualifying Rounds – Top 8 and Top 4
5:00 pm – 5:40 pm: Final Championship Round – Top 2
5:40 pm – 5:50 pm: Classic Tetris World Championship Award Presentation

Jeopardy! episode shares a fake Tetris question

I wish this were true

Looks like Jeopardy! fell for an old Tetris meme during last night's episode. The show had a video game-themed category, and it included the Tetris question above. Unfortunately, as funny as the names are for Tetriminos, they are completely fake. It came about as part of a very successful joke from years ago, and it seems to have stuck!

Hideki Kamiya says the Resident Evil dev team played Tetris Attack so much during work that director Shinji Mikami had to ban the game

Well...it is a great game!

Platinum has up a massive blog featuring an interview with Hideki Kamiya. The blog takes a look at Hideki's career, as well as all the different games he enjoyed while growing up. In part of the interview, Kamiya discusses his affinity for Tetris Attack.

Turns out Kamiya and a lot of other devs played Tetris Attack a great deal back during his Capcom days. Kamiya was involved with development of the original Resident Evil, but it seems sometimes Tetris Attack would get in the way of dev team's work!

When I was working on Resident Evil, Tetris Attack was really popular at the office. We’d play against each other every day, to the point where work got ignored and Shinji Mikami had to put out an order banning Tetris Attack.

I'm sure there had to be a delay or two for Resident Evil. If there ever was, now we can blame some of that on Tetris Attack!

Tetris 99 'Super Kirby Clash' Maximus Cup footage

We're celebrating the release of the free-to-start Super Kirby Clash game for the Nintendo Switch system with a special Tetris 99 MAXIMUS CUP event! In this event, players will compete in online battles and collect at least 100 event points to unlock a new Super Kirby Clash in-game theme for the Tetris® 99 game, plus 99 Gem Apples that can be used in Super Kirby Clash.

Check out footage from all of Tetris 99's new themes

Which theme is for you?

Tetris 99 has a bunch of new themes up for grabs, but you have to spend tickets on them. Don't feel like coughing up tickets to get a theme you might not be happy with? No worries, you can check out preview videos for each one! Just hit up this YouTube channel and sift through the various vids!

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Tetris 99 Big Block DLC

In Tetris 99 Battle mode, players take part in massive 99-player battles, competing to be the last person standing*. Players who are more traditionalists can see how long they’ll last offline in the single-player Marathon mode. While offline, players can take on 98 CPU players all by themselves, pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend for a two-player game against each other and CPU opponents on one Nintendo Switch system or face off with up to seven other players who have their own systems and games via local wireless connection.

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