World's best Quake players compete at QuakeCon

32 players come to QuakeCon to compete for up $25,000 in Quake Live tournament.

The best Quake players from around the world have descended on QuakeCon this weekend to compete for up to $25,000 in Quake Live.

32 players are competing in the Quake Live 1v1 Masters tournament, including three-time QuakeCon Champion John “ZeRo4” Hill, two-time Champion Shane “Rapha” Hendrixson, along with players Sergey "Evil" Orekhov and Evil Geniuses’ Tim “DaHanG” Fogarty.

With the defending 3-time champion Alexey “Cypher” Yanushevsky not in attendance this year, Russia’s Orekhov is the tournament favorite coming off his international victory at last year’s DreamHack Winter event, making his first-ever appearance at QuakeCon. Hendrixson believes this is his chance to tie Yanushevsky and Hill with three titles.

“I think I can win another quakecon title,” Hendrixson told GameSpot before the event started. “If I'm playing my game I feel confident that I can do it again. Even though Orekhov is the favorite he's not the only one to watch out for. It's always difficult to play against someone like him who aims so solidly and also plays smart. I'm not going to worry about how he's playing or anyone else. Like always I'm just going to look at the strengths and weaknesses of who I have to play and from there just worry about myself and try to make sure I'm giving myself the best chance to win no matter who I have to play.“

Although QuakeCon has been held every year since 1996, in recent years it has been plagued by late announcements from id Software which have hurt the attendance list of top-tier players. What used to be the event that brought the best of the best from all countries in the world has had as reduced amount of interest in recent times.

“I've been there quite a few years in a row now and it's always a special event, but I am really sad to see their prize announcement so late,” Hendrixsoin said. “It really prohibits Europeans from being able to see if they even have a chance at all of judging whether it's worth it or not for them to come over and give it a shot to try and win. This hurts the overall competition and prestige of the event in concerns to the tournaments.”

Hendrixson proved his comments on the first day of QuakeCon 2013 competition, defeating Orekhov and Fogarty in succession to earn a spot in the Grand Finals on Saturday.

“The only thing I can really control is myself and how I'm playing. I try not to think too much about how good someone else is at the time. I just respect what they bring to the table and try my best to overcome it.”

Watch the competition live on Twitch and stay tuned for up to date coverage through GameSpot eSports hub

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OtherFabbros
OtherFabbros

Best Quake Players? Fatal1ty and Stermy Avallone

rann89
rann89

Prestige? Attendance? The 32 players mentioned here are probably the only 32 players left playing this game.

santinegrete
santinegrete

I really liked Quake games, I miss another chance to visit Stroggos.

bikskit
bikskit

Great article Slasher!!!

lol@the gawking&fascination with Evil -- I think Evil cultivated quite an aura with players who've never met him. Although Evil's legendary q3 lan experience should carry him through to another title to bookend his DreamHack crown.

xolivierx
xolivierx

1 on 1 game = booooooooooooooooooooring

SY_shoot
SY_shoot

I miss those 90ies quakes. good old times

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Sweet, glad they are still tournament'ing this. Good luck to all.

TheFreshTomato
TheFreshTomato

Did they just block off the fire exit with that giant closet in the corner?

mattcake
mattcake

Ah, *proper* multiplayer gaming - no camping, no slow controllers, no pointless "realism" - just lightning quick reflexes with a mouse, map control and skill. Something severely lacking nowadays and completely absent from console gaming online.

YoreLore
YoreLore

Quake III is still the best.

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

Do they play anything new? i would like to see them playing clan matches in shadow fall lol

Vienreich
Vienreich

I know one guy that still plays Quake like everyday. He has quite severe autism and is one of the coolest dudes I've met. 

nait2k4
nait2k4

Pfft, when they can beat Thresh, then they get to be champions.

sortajan
sortajan

it's fine that people are slamming this "e-sports" stuff, but if you're slamming Quake you've crossed the line.

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

Quakecon really sucks these days

I was hoping it would be big this year, with Doom 4, Bethesda showing off Fallout 4 as well, but nope, Carmack isn't even allowed to talk about Doom 4

leandrro
leandrro

in 2003 (10 years ago) i had no console or gaming PC so i installed and logged into a quake server just for fun,

for my surprise there were dozens of losers playing that sh*** looking old game

its 2013 and believe or not they are still there

leandrro
leandrro

nothing like being stuck in a 1998's game

its almost like being stuck with call of duty

oh wait... they use the same engine!!!

emperiox
emperiox

Guys, stop being so mean to these basement dwelling virgin losers. Remember, gaming is a professional sport now like Football, not a hobby...

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

I swear i had a fu** somewhere to give, i just don't know where it is, god where did it go?! 

Kazuma_Kiryu
Kazuma_Kiryu

Nothing shall ever surpass the glorious feeling of being an immortal powerhouse of mass destruction in multiplayer Quakeworld. All hail to the eternal king of competitive first person shooters!

zazzaro
zazzaro

I wonder if these guys will have a sham final where they split the winnings and have a practice round. Somehow I seriously doubt it.

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

The last time I played Quake was when my IT teacher put it on for everyone in my class for our last day in high school. We all played for like 2 hours such a great game. 

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

Which quake is it? Quakeworld? Quake 2? 

jessie82
jessie82

do people seriously still play it?

xolivierx
xolivierx

@SY_shoot I couldn't play quake 3 or 4(not sure) because my video card didn't have OpenGL.....sniff....I bought Falcon 4.0 instead

xolivierx
xolivierx

@mattcake jumping up and down to avoid being shot = no skill required. But yeah, how I miss the days of Quake and Unreal Tournament.

gosushi
gosushi

@sortajan if you can call darts a sport, then I'm sure these guys deserve to be called athletes.......they're probably burning more calories to :D

Banyek
Banyek

@leandrroThe same was with iron storm... It was kind of crap when it came out, but I liked it. Its servers were full, Not long ago I installed it, searched for the mendatory patch for an hour, finaly found it, logged in, and there were a dozen of servers still active after like 8 years! And the dudes who played on the server killed me sooooo many times, and I considered myself good in FPS games. Some of us just have to accept the wonderful fact, that there are people on this planet, that play games like ironstorm for 8 years, or quake for 17 years. Thats incredible! And Ironstorm was pretty much a nameless , rankless B type of a game in its time, theres not even a reason to play it! How shocking is that?? :D

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

@leandrro Go play COD then. should i link an article about cod fanboyzz beeing whining little assholes? well you fit right in mate.

gf61
gf61

@leandrro Why because it's responsible for much of 3D fps code young buck.

darkeyez81
darkeyez81

@leandrro How about people being stuck in much older games like baseball, basketball and football?

Bionic_
Bionic_

@emperiox There always has to be that one guy...

Anyway, it's funny that you bring this up in a Quake article. QuakeCon was always more about getting the community together and even the best players refer to Quake as a hobby so you totally missed the point.

NTenseify
NTenseify

@emperiox You're just jealous because they are competing in tournaments while you waste your life away making futile attempts to put them down. Winning!

Bionic_
Bionic_

@jookiyaya Quake Live. Don't know why is it listed under Quake 1. 

It's free to play game, try it out. www.quakelive.com

sortajan
sortajan

@gosushi @sortajan my post was more about quake than about e-sports, so i'm not sure if you meant to reply to me or someone else

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@NTenseify @emperiox Yeah...just like he is jealous from those guys living in their mom's basement, or those guys who live in the swamp...i'm so jealous of them as well...

Seriously?, jealous because of THAT, it's just a stupid thing.

Don_Mattrick
Don_Mattrick

@NTenseify @Don_Mattrick @emperiox Yup, because that makes me insecure doesn't it?