Tetris World Championship won by 16-year old Joseph Saelee

Doris Richards
October 22, 2018

16-year-old prodigy Joseph Saelee has stunned the Tetris world, beating 7-time world champion Jonas Neubauer in the Classic Tetris World Championship.

The Classic Tetris World Championships wrapped up at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo inside the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday.

Sickeningly for most of us, this means that Saelee has just become the world champion of a game released 13 years before he was even born, and he certainly took the crown in style. Neubauer missed out on the top spot in 2014 when he came second to Harry Kong, the first ever person to reach the maximum score of 999,999 in NES Tetris.

While Saelee is quite new to the competitive Tetris field, he reached level 31 in the game, hitting 311 lines, just weeks before the competition-an incredible feat that you can see below.


It was a hotly-contested top eight, with Saelee knocking off some top level talent en route to the finals.

Before facing off against Neubauer, Saelee knocked out Japanese grand master Koryan, in an equally tense semi-finals bout.

Prior to Saelee's masterclass, Neubauer had won all but one of the CTWC events that had been held. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. This teenager can absolutely blitz the classic puzzle game. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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