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PORTLAND, Oct. 21, 2018 – The ultimate showdown for top Tetris® champion is done and dusted with Joseph Saelee of Clovis, CA, topping the leaderboard at the 9th annual Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC). Held this weekend at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center, more than 100 players from around the world gathered for two days of heated Tetris battles and face-offs against long-standing rivals.


Created by avid fans of the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) version of the game, CTWC is recognized as one of the top competitions by top ranked Tetris players from across the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia.  This year’s competitors included returning champions Jonas Neubauer (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Harry Hong (2014), European champion Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson, Finnish champion Jani Herlevi, Japanese Tetris Grand Master Koryan, and many other players featured in the award-winning documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.


The event took place over two days with qualifying rounds and an intense, final 32-bracket seeded tournament, which took place today. Overall, more than 41,000 avid spectators onsite and online watched as participants tried to outdo the competition.


As the winner, Joseph Saelee was awarded $1,000 in prize money and the coveted CTWC trophy. Second place winner, Jonas Neubauer, of Highland Park, CA, was awarded $500. 



About the CTWC

To learn more, visit, and follow on Twitter (@TheCTWC) and Facebook (


About the Tetris® Brand

The Tetris® brand is one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world. Now entering its 35th anniversary year, the brand continues to be loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures. Billions of Tetris games are played online every year, and over 500 million Tetris mobile games have been downloaded to date. The Tetris brand’s global licensee network includes major video game publishers, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, and Sony/GSN Games, as well as many partners in electronics, toys, apparel, lifestyle goods, entertainment and more. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of Tetris rights worldwide, and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee. For the latest information about the Tetris brand and Tetris products, please visit


Become a fan of Tetris on Facebook ( and follow Tetris on Twitter (@Tetris_Official) and Instagram (@Tetris_Official).


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For CTWC: Vince Clemente, cell: 773-456-7159, [email protected]

For the Tetris brand: Andrea Piotraszewski, cell: 206-910-7606, [email protected]