In Honoring Jonas Neubauer, It's Game On

Jason Bennett,

July 22, 2021 9:33 AM

After the sudden passing of the Tetris great, Rampage world champion RedDawn looks to Neubauer's competitive legacy in offering bounties for new records

Earlier this year the gaming community was stunned to learn of the sudden passing of seven-time Tetris classic champion Jonas Neubauer. Following his victory at the inaugural Classic Tetris World Chamionship in 2010, Neubauer went on to rack up another six titles and helped put Tetris play back on the map after it first debuted in 1984.

But perhaps Neubauer's biggest impact came in his role as accidental celebrity and international ambassador for the title that captivated his interest as a young gamer. Through his humor, goodwill, and tireless promotion of his peers, Neubauer left an indelible imprint on the gaming community.

As the community dealt with the loss, TG member RedDawn drew inspiration from Neubauer's legacy.

"Jonas was a huge force in what Twin Galaxies is specifically about - competitive gaming," he remarked.

To that end, RedDawn reviewed TG's leaderboard of world records and came up with a list of games for gamers to challenge. In doing so, he is putting up a bitcoin prize purse of nearly $400.

Jonas Neubauer poses with his trophy at the 8th Annual Classic Tetris World Championship on October 22, 2017 (Image Credit: Classic Tetris World Championship)

"It was such a hard hitting loss for him to have gone so young, not just to the Tetris community but the gaming community at large" he shared, "so if anyone should have a tourney as such it would be Mr. Neubauer."

Named the 2021 Jonas Neubauer Memorial BTC [Bitcoin] Bounty, the tournament will be played out across 13 classic games and reflects RedDawn's dual motivations in honouring the Tetris champ.

"I'm excited about the future of cyrpto [currency]," he explained, "and I think a lot of people can benefit from it."

And of course, there's the thrill of competition.

"Another objective of this bounty was to clear some of the top spots for some of these old scores," he observed. "Many of the records on this list are the ones I've paid attention to for a long time so I thought I'd provide a little impetus."

The slate of titles that RedDawn earmarked for bounties reflect some of the most well-known classic arcade games, such as Robotron: 2084, Centipede, Defender, and Pac-Man.

There's a console bounty, too, for NES Tetris.

"I have a lot of respect for the skills of every one of the world record holders on that list," RedDawn said. "The inclusion of records are meant as an act of reverence, some of them in particular being so incredible that I question if another player could compete at such a level. If that person's out there, this bounty is meant to draw them out."

Entries must be submitted no later than Midnight Dec 25th 2021, Central Daylight Time. Additionally, all entries must be entered through Twin Galaxies' TGSAP verification system and must be accepted in order to receive winnings.

For all the details about the inaugural Jonas Neubauer Memorial BTC Bounty , check out RedDawn's bounty page for more information.


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