Matt Sales Is The New MAME Gaming League Champion

Jason Bennett,

May 31, 2020 4:19 PM

Fifty eight gamers from around the globe competed during the first MGL tournament of the year.

After 59 days of competition, the MAME Gaming League crowned a new champion on Sunday to cap off the inaugural tournament of the 2020 season. Matt Sales claimed top spot in the tournament with a total of 980 points earned from his finishes on 10 different classic arcade titles. Also known as ILLSeaBass, Matt holds 330 Twin Galaxies world records and had competed in the last nine MGL tournaments, finishing in second place on four occasions. Matt's total edged him past second place finisher Patrick Stanley at 966 points. Rounding out the top 3 was Martin Racine who made his first appearance at an MGL tournament and earned 946 points.

Over the duration of the tournament, Matt's placement in an individual game was never lower than 95 out of a possible 100 points per title and he finished in the top three for 6 games, including a first place finish on two classics --Jaleco's P47 and KK International's Triple Punch.

Despite his impressive track record, Matt remained grounded about his prospects going into the contest.

"My plan was to play MGL casually this time around, get a respectable score up for each game and devote more time to other MAME/Console/Computer games," he explained. "Then this Covid quarantine hit and I found myself having a ton of extra time on my hands to devote to the MGL."

Looking back over the ten titles, Matt singled out The Deep, a 1987 arcade release by Wood Place, as his favourite competition title.

"It's not the best game in the world," he said, "but was one game that I enjoyed playing back a few years ago and really wanted to focus on at some point to better my personal best."

Matt chalked up his success to two factors -- a willingness to grind it out and push his personal best scores almost to the closing bell of the round for each title, as well as a great network of MAME and arcade veterans on Discord and Twitch willing to share game tips and strategies.

"That probably helped more than anything," Matt went on to explain, "as I hadn't played more than one or two credits ever of most of the games that showed up on this leg of the MGL."

With the victory, Matt takes an important step towards earning the World Championship of eSports for 2020, which is awarded to the player with the highest total score over the 4 tournaments of the season, with a first place prize of $420 US on the line.

"All gamers made the tournament what it was: exciting, different, engaging, funny, competitive, informative, and a lot of fun," declared tournament organizer and gamemaster Paul "OOO" Hornitzky, "it was an amazing opener."

MGL44 starts on June 19, 2020.

For more information about the MGL and to follow future announcements, you can visit the MGL Forum at or reach out to Paul at Twin Galaxies at

You can also see the tournament leaderboard and read Paul's tournament wrap-up at


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