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Who knew that at age 19, I would be a World Champion PC gamer. When I was 13, I actually played competitive billiards in professional tournaments and won four or five games off guys who played at the highest level. I actually thought of making a career of it, but at that young age situations change rapidly. Because I’ve been blessed with great hand-eye coordination and a grasp of mathematics (an important element in video gaming) I gravitated to that activity.
I started professional gaming in 1999 when I entered the CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League) tournament in Dallas and won $4,000 for coming in third place. Emerging as one of the top players in the United States, a company interested in sponsoring me flew me to Sweden to compete against the top 12 players in the world. I won 18 straight games, lost none, and took first place, becoming the number one ranked Quake III player in the world in the process. Two months later I followed that success by traveling to Dallas and defending my title as the world’s best Quake III player, winning the $40,000 grand prize. From there I entered competitions all over the world, including Singapore, Korea, Germany, Australia, Holland and Brazil in addition to Los Angeles, New York and St. Louis.
I was excited to showcase my true gaming skills when defending my title as CPL Champion of the year at the CPL Winter 2001 because I would be competing in a totally different first person shooter (fps) game, Alien vs. Predator II. I won that competition and walked away with a new car. The next year I won the same title playing Unreal Tournament 2003, becoming the only three-time CPL champion. And I did it playing a different game each year, something no one else has ever done and a feat of which I am extremely proud.
At QuakeCon 2002, I faced off against my rival ZeRo4 in one of the most highly anticipated matches of the year, winning in a 14 to (-1) killer victory. Competing at Quakecon 2004, I became the World’s 1st Doom3 Champion by defeating Daler in a series of very challenging matches and earning $25,000 for the victory.
Since my first big tournament wins, I have been a “Professional Cyberathlete”, traveling the world and livin’ large with lots of international media coverage on outlets such as MTV, ESPN and G4TV to name only a few. It's unreal - it's crazy. I’m living a dream by playing video games for a living. I’ve always been athletic and took sports like hockey and football very seriously, working out and training hard. This discipline helps me become a better gamer and my drive to be the best has opened the doors necessary to become a professional.
Now, another dream is being realized – building the ultimate gaming computer, made up of the best parts under my own brand. Quality hardware makes a huge difference in competitions…a couple more frames per second and everything gets really nice. It's all about getting the computer processing faster and allowing more fluid movement around the maps.
My vision for Fatal1ty hardware is to allow gamers to focus on the game without worrying about their equipment, something I’ve preached since I began competing. I don’t want to worry about my equipment. I want it to be there – over and done with - so I can focus on the game. I want it to be the fastest and most stable computer equipment on the face of the planet, so quality is what Fatal1ty brand products will represent.
This is just the beginning. We’re already in development for a whole range of new products, and I’m really grateful to all my partners, such as Zalman, for helping make my dreams a reality.
I know there is a business side to all of this, but for me the true reward is making products that are so good I can win with them – and making them available to fellow gamers. Gaming is my life, and many fellow gamers around the world are also some of my best friends, so giving back to the gaming community is really important to me.
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel