The 2015 Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) was the site of the 6th annual Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC), described by many as the best CTWC to date. The competition was intense, the crowd was exceptional, and fans who couldn’t be there in person were still able to witness the epic events live (courtesy of Hitbox).
To those of us who have followed the competition since it began in 2010, it was incredible (albeit not too surprising) to watch Jonas Neubauer rise to the top as the winner of the CTWC NES tournament—not for the first, second, third, or even fourth time, but for the FIFTH time in the tournament’s six-year history. In the final round, Jonas faced off against Quaid (aka Sean Ritchie) and walked away with a 3-1 victory, another enviable trophy, and $1,000.
While the NES triumph was certainly a great way to end the PRGE weekend, Jonas wasn’t the only Tetris master who left the Expo with a championship title. For the first time, CTWC also hosted a Tetris Ultimate tournament on PS4, adding a modern twist to the retro competition. After a full day of qualifications and eliminations, Blink (aka John Tran) battled Caffeine (aka Nicholas Camino) and became the first Tetris Ultimate champion.
Congratulations to Jonas and Blink, and cheers to the CTWC crew for hosting another successful event! It may be another year before we see this level of competition again, but at least we can relive the 2015 matchups on the CTWC YouTube channel while we wait.