The game was Painkiller, from developer People Can Fly and published by Dreamcatcher, a fast paced, first person shooter that requires precision and quick reflexes. The audience of hundreds at this year~Rs event rapidly became familiar with the game as they watched every move on two jumbo screens hanging from the stage area and listened as two Shoutcasters gave play by play analysis. It was a classic heavyweight boxing match, except that the setting was on the stage of Nokia~Rs famed theatre and not a single physical blow was given. The final knockout came from a fingertip and a single click of a mouse.
Fatal1ty's final challenger was Sander "VoO" Kaasjager, a 20-year old from Holland, and the number one ranked Painkiller player in the world coming into this event. VoO came into the final as the top seed, while Fata1ty entered after winning the loser~Rs bracket. VoO only had to win two of three games, while Fata1ty was required to win at least four as he hobbled in from the loser~Rs bracket.
Four straight games and 60 minutes later Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel was crowned this year~Rs World Champion. VoO, still stunned by the merciless defeat, was handed a check for $100,000 as well as an additional $20,000 for being voted the CPL 2005 Most Valuable Player.
"This year~Rs final was the most exciting final to date; we could not have asked for a more fitting match," said Angel Munoz, founder of the CPL. "This is what everyone wanted to see, the Number One gamer in the world against the Number One Painkiller player in the World. It was the equivalent of having Mike Tyson take on Muhammad Ali and having Ali knock him out in the fourth round."
The final was televised live on MTV Network's broadband channel, Overdrive. A special 30 minute broadcast of the CPL event will be aired on Saturday on MTV. MTV news will also cover the event as is scheduled to appear on MTV's popular TRL show.