Over the weekend, the CPL World Tour hit Sheffield. The World Tour has a $1m prize fund, and there were a fair few thousand of that up for grabs in Blighty. Not only were gaming competing for cash, but they were competing for a coveted spot in the final of the World Tour.
We didn't make it up to the qualifier unfortunately, but we had a secret spy (well, Intel) send us some photos of the event. Intel is the title sponsor of the Tour, which it hopes will contribute to its growing reputation for supporting hardcore gaming.
They don't come much more hardcore than Fatal1ty, who was strutting his stuff in the 1-on1 Painkiller tournament. Unluckily for him, his strut turned into more of a limp as [FNATIC]Vo0 beat him down into second place. The Boi Wendell hardly had much to feel bad about, however, still clutching on to a cheque for $10,000 at the end of the day (Vo0 walked away with $15,000).
In the Counter-Strike competition, the final was won by Team9 after a fierce battle with the fearsomely-named Ninjas in Pyjamas. The Four-Kings Intel team had a marked drop in form, only managing to make joint 5th place. It was a bad day for other established names too, as g3x.Intel and SK-Gaming Sweden tied for 7th - below what they surely would have hoped for. Team9 were victorious 16-13 on our old favourite, de_inferno.
Is this the beginning of the rise of a new breed of CS players, and the end of the old guard? We shall have to wait and see.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on the photos that Intel snapped for us, and give us your thoughts on the results of the competition in the forum.