A 16-Year-Old Just Became ‘Tetris’ World Champ & It Was Intense
Back when we were at school, being a demon at Tetris held some serious currency in the playground. But while we may have been the best in class 3B, after watching 16-year-old Joseph Saelee at the Tetris World Championships, we’re happy to admit we’ve still got a long way to go!
Yes, a 16-year-old boy from California has just won the grand final of the Classic Tetris World Championship in Oregon. The iconic block building game may be 13 years older than him but Joseph Saelee overcame the odds to beat Jonas Neubauer, who has won seven times in the tournament’s eight-year history.
Rather than the GameBoy we were used to, it’s the NES version of Tetris which has been used in competition Tetris since 1990. A video of the final was naturally screened on Twitch with the younger competitor using an insane ‘hypertapping’ technique to bring his blocks down faster. Take a look at the winning moment below…
Joseph wins the Classic Tetris World Championship in some insane high-level play pic.twitter.com/kUibFbdMuO
— Wario64 (@Wario64) October 21, 2018
In his acceptance speech, an overwhelmed Saelee admitted his only goal was to qualify for the tournament. He was up against some Tetris legends too with the likes of Japanese master Koryan (who Saelee beat in the semi-finals) and previous world champ Harry Hong also lining up alongside Neubauer.
Check out Saelee’s acceptance speech below. An Oscar-worthy performance.
For all the great esports this weekend, the best moment may very well be 16-year old Joseph Saelee, playing a game that's twice as old as he is, defeating seven-time champion Jonas Neubauer 3-0 to win the Classic World Tetris Championship. Incredible. #CTWC #CTWC2018 pic.twitter.com/ZSxUn0mfGK
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 21, 2018
Speaking of classic games, almost 25 years after the original was introduced to the world, Sony have just announced that the iconic PlayStation is getting a re-release.