Be sure to come back to our website on Oct. 19th 10:30AM - 5PM Pacific to watch the livestream!
It's open to the public, so come try your hand against nearly the entire cast of the award-winning video game documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, including Twin Galaxies record holders Harry Hong, Jonas Neubauer, and Alex Kerr. Official rules below.
Or, for casual players, there'll be an amateurs-only tournament on SNES Tetris. All encouraged to participate for the love of the game!
Cash Prizes TBA
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Pre-Register now! Email tetrischampionship at gmail dot com with your
name, age, hometown, and personal high score and let us know in advance you'll be attending!
OFFICIAL RULES (NES)
Format: Tournament Format is original 8-bit Nintendo Tetris (not Tengen).
You are allowed to bring your own controller as long as it is an original standard unmodified NES controller.
Qualifying Round (Saturday, Oct. 18th):
Qualifying round will be held on Saturday in the free-play area at 8 NES Stations from 10AM-4:30PM.
Entry fee is $10. Once paid, entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as they are wiling to stand in line for. NES stations will be available to rent for one period of one hour for an additional fee (for more info, see NEW RULES below).
Qualifying attempts will be on type A Tetris for highest score starting on level 9 or higher.
Once an entrant’s game is over for any reason, they must make sure their score is recorded by a scorekeeper and then return to the back of the line for another attempt.
The Qualifying Round will determine the seeding of a 32-person tournament bracket for the Main Event on Sunday.
MAIN EVENT (Sunday, Oct. 19th):
A five-round, 32-bracket seeded tournament tree will be created from the top 32 qualifying scores. With Seed 1 playing seed 32, seed 2 playing seed 31, etc., with standard format of higher seeds gaining advantage throughout the tree.
All head-to-head matches will proceed as follows: Each match is first to win two games. The higher seed chooses a starting level from 9-18 for game 1. The lower seed chooses a level from 9-18 for game 2. If needed higher seed chooses level for game 3. (level 13 is lowest allowed for Top 8). The players, competing side-by-side, will begin on the agreed level and push start simultaneously at the prompt of an announcer. The player with the highest score for that game wins. If one player tops-out and the other player already has a higher score, the game is finished. If one player tops-out and the other player has a lower score, that player will continue until they either top-out (having lost) or exceed the other player’s score, winning the game. The match will continue until one player has won two games (best 2 out of 3). That player will proceed to the next round.
The tournament will consist of five rounds in the free play area. The final round (round 5) will be first to win 3 games (best 3 out of 5). Cash and other prizes TBA!
This year there will be 4 NES stations available for blocks of uninterrupted qualifying attempts. Each player has the option to reserve a station for one hour for an additional fee of $20. At the player's scheduled time, they can complete 10 qualifying attempts, or play for one full hour (whichever comes first).
Players who choose to rent stations may also stand in line for additional attempts throughout the rest of the Saturday qualifiers.
Sign-ups for rental stations will begin on Monday, October 13th at noon Pacific time. At this time please email tetrischampionship at gmail dot com and write your name, hometown, highscore, and indicate your preference of "first available" or "mid-day" for noon to two, or "late day" for two to four. If we get enough sign-ups, we will add a fifth station. Preferences will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis based on order of emails received. Unreserved times will also be available the day-of.
This is an exciting opportunity for our contestants to post a great score and still have time to enjoy the amazing PRGE expo!
In the event of multiple max-outs during qualifiers, those seeding ties will be broken by 2nd best score of the day. If multiple players score 2 max-outs, ties will be broken by 3rd highest score of the day, and so on.
A short documentary is being made of this year's tournament. The on-site entry form will include a release to appear. There is no requirement to be interviewed, but all participants will appear on camera.
SNES TOURNEY RULES OVERVIEW
Entry fee is $5. For those of you who haven't played for 10,000 hours! Format is "Tetris and Dr. Mario" for SNES. Contestants are invited to post qualifying scores until 2PM on Saturday, at which point a standard 16-bracket tournament tree will be created. Participants will clash in battle mode through four rounds of action until an amateur SNES Tetris champ is crowned!
Check out the stream of the final round of the 2013 tourney:
Here's a great interview with Tournament Organizer Vince Clemente:
A recap of the 2011 Classic Tetris Final presented by Girl Gamer.
dsdfghsdfhdsdfgPromo Video for the 2012 Tourney.
Last year's final results. Rankings were determined by, in order of importance,
1) round advanced to, 2) games won in losing match 3) combined score in losing match: