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News & Updates


Certain news will also be posted on the CTEC server via: INFORMATION > #news.

Link: https://discord.gg/APtFPawj9F


CTEC 2022 & CTEC 2023

Hello CTEC!

Thank you all for an amazing experience with the first CTEC 2022 on location since 2019.
A year with posters celebrating past winners and a schedule demanding a unique panorama setup to compete with 10 stations instead of the planned 4.
A big congratulations to Alex_H for being the first to win at Game Boy 2 years in a row. and Sidnev for showing he could win 1st place both online and on location!
We started CTEC in 2015 almost defending the need for a championship. 2022 (if not before) certainly made it clear that the players achievements, the community’s dedication and our legacy is an unstoppable force. Two maxouts in one year, legendary!

We got some nice pictures to share soon and please get in contact with me, Chrisstoffer, on Discord and I would love to see your pictures and make a community archive on classictetris.eu amongst the “official” ones.
It is also possible to share and view community created media on: https://discord.gg/Cbed8QyP
Link will expire in 7 days but channel will stay open.

Though a number of new capturecards, new microphones, cables and more was bought – we still experienced issues. Setting up all week while using the familiar CTEC PC, adding back-up computers and more turned out to be a bigger task than expected. With much focus on arranging the event itself on location vonGoldschmidt was placed in a tough spot. We know the world is watching and we want to document all of it too. Sakurion stepped in and went to the venue with me from 8 in the morning since his arrival to Denmark. It is impossible to express the importance of his work for CTEC and the skills of this person. Thank you so much and thank you vonGoldschmidt for working with the stream knowing the pressure and challenges a live event like this holds.

How can I express how you all, each and everyone, means the world to CTEC? Driving together in groups by cars. Bringing computers, equipment and even a CRT! Flying to Denmark. Meeting up during the week. Laughing, gasping and being together across so many nationalities. The excitement needs no language – this is Tetris and we feel it.
To me, personally, I work to see CTEC on location all year every year. And I must say that it was such an important weekend to see familiar faces I have looked forward to for so many years. And now I can even add more of you! Thank you so much for being you and for supporting CTEC.

TEAM 2023
First of all let me say that I know I have been too “introverted” when working on CTEC. I tend to try and solve all problems myself and organizing CTEC on location has been the first time in many years for me too. The criticism of me needing to open up more is fully acceptable and taken in. I also see it as a need to want to improve CTEC rather than attacking me personally. I too would be of the same mind, if I was on the other side of the computer. I would also be afraid of anything as important as CTEC to depend so much on one person. For these and many other reasons I (still) want to expand the CTEC Team, actually, I want to restart the team. It is a new era for Classic Tetris but I invite everyone have helped in the past. The invitation is with a new energy and focus.
With that said, the CTEC Team can not be a direct continuation of 2019 as we have grown so much and the dedication of players are demanding more. The online team & community from 2019 & 2020 now plays a big role in our history and showed commitment and skills we should aim to include. I have been there every year and I have seen everyone taking responsibility and working for CTEC – hopefully we will see you on the team again. The new bigger online and international team is also to make sure that we uphold the name that you worked for too.
Though my updates vary from “new stations tested and ready for next year” to “location is now open and ready to setup” I will still respect the need for updates. I will (at least) dedicate a team meeting once a month every 3rd Tuesday starting December the 20th

Timeslot: 19:30 (CET/Danish time)
December the 20th 2022
January the 17th 2023
February the 21st 2023
March the 21st 2023
April the 18th 2023
May the 16th 2023
June the 20th 2023
July the 18th 2023
August the 15th 2023
September the 19th 2023
October the 17th
November CTEC 2023

Note: I expect more specific dates leading up to the event. We might also adjust according to vacations and the like. Once a google calendar is up and running then that will be the official calendar to follow.

CTEC Discord Server
Discord Category: CTEC TEAM
Channel: #teamvoice

Team Page:

CTEC 2023
Going forward we will keep the same date every year. Placing the event at the end of the year will allow room for national championships to find a winner. It should also respect the date of CTWC and allow players to adjust from NTSC to PAL. It will not conflict in case CTWC will change the date again according to Portland Retro Expo. Setting the date later might conflict with Christmas plans and everything around that holiday. .

DATE: 3rd weekend of November every year
It is still needed to looking into if booking more days (and how many) is needed.

Plan A
Enigma Museum
Øster Alle 3
2100 Copenhagen

Plan B
Other location in Copenhagen, most likely Nørrebro 2200 Copenhagen

The Twitch videos are highlighted and downloaded. There might be a few sound issues but as the championship went on we decided it was time for the whole building to only hear Twitch Safe Royalty Free music.
The music in the background is this list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyNjF_PIvGM
Wingfryer has been so kind to create the following startingpoints

Top 32 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=00h16m05s
Top 16 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=01h07m19s
Quarterfinals: Top 8 (Part 1) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657608955?t=02h21m52s
Quarterfinals: Top 8 (Part 2) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=02h43m02s
Semi-Finals: Top 4 (Part 1) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=03h17m38s Semi-Finals: Top 4 (Part 2) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657608955?t=04h06m30s Third Place Match https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657608955?t=04h55m27s
Finals https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=05h25m47s
Video Of Finals Only https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657606694
Winners Get Their Trophies https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1657256324?t=06h19m00s

Thanks to everyone who pointed their attention towards our players. Thanks to the players and to all who traveled from far. To everyone who signed the NES and to all the guests showing up and all who tuned in. Thanks to Enigma Museum for the location and for wiring up the internet for the event. Thanks to the volunteers who stepped in, the referees and the commentators who worked for CTEC and found constant energy, assignments and fun with everyone.
Thanks to sponsors: Bozz.dk, Nintendopusheren, Ruben & Bobby and Bip Bip Bar.
You all make CTEC better and make CTEC want to be.
Looking forward to plan 2023 with the new team.

Your biggest fan

First day of CTEC 2022

Thank you all for such an amazing day of Classic Tetris. Feel amazing to see familiar as well as new faces enjoying Tetris together. The community is so present and loving. Thank you.

And thank you to everyone who helped out today. You know you mean a lot to many for doing this.

Looking so much forward to see you all tomorrow for the championship where we open the doors at 12:00 and continue with the last qualifications.

CTEC is legacy and unity. You write history every year and we, the team, are thankful for having the responsibility of supporting you.

With two maxouts today we know tomorrow will be exciting.

Preparation for tomorrow has already started.

Gallery of moments from today.

First maxout an hour in!

Congratulations to defending CTEC champion Sidnev for finishing up first hour by a maxout!


It is the 18th of November and doors open at 15:00

First qualification plays starts at 16:00

See you all very soon!

Thursday update

All systems are setup & we got German support on the streaming area. Sakurion in the house and along he brought Poet13, Tolstoj, Tractie and Iceblade. Of course to help with CRT challenges, room key and testing non-qualification stations. GREAT to feel the CTEC energy starting.

On the more sad note, two screens didn’t want to participate afterall. They gave up so we are down to 10 from 12. We will soon close up here and start early to open up a CTEC 2022 for everyone!

You will be able to find the official set of rules on location and sign up officially.

Rental stations

All paid bookings are approved. Those who booked the weekend after has gotten the same timeslot as as booking but the correct date. Your confirmation will say the weekend after CTEC 2022 but I have it scheduled manually.

There will be more slots available tomorrow.

Dyst / Commentators (you?) / Stream / NES stations

A SNES has been hooked up at Bip Bip Bar tonight where Dyst did his tournament. Thank you Dyst for making the Tetris week a reality.

Donation from Bobby to this year’s winner is also submitted today. Bobby is the owner of www.rubenogbobby.dk vintage toys and retro game shop with more than 10 years experience in Copenhagen.

The last tables has been arranged today and the different console systems (for other Tetris variations) and the free and rental qualification section has been throughly tested. Had concerns regarding some of the PVMs in the qualification area but they were all friendly and wanted to show Tetris.

Commentators. We really need commentators for Saturday. I will setup a dedicated table with two table mics. Please let me know if you are up for the it – every voice counts. You do not need to do multiple hours.

We met resistance from the newly bought capture cards. Matisyahu showed what a trooper he is and magician behind the computer. The signal kept messing up but some older spare capture cards from the CTEC techboxes did the trick.

While setting up the streaming station for brackets we also aim at setting up an extra station for Friday’s qualifications. It will be two separate stations as moving the PC during the event will not work. So two stations – double the fun. Also a tip on the hat to Muf and Sumez for making that clear years ago.

Setting up 19 NES Tetris stations (12 free qualifications, 6 rental and 1 audience station) was a challenge in itself. Original cartridges and systems needing a clean and activating spare/extra ones. Yup, we are back in the game and it is nice being able to provide it without having to ask players to bring theirs. We might try and make two stations for the audience making it a total of 20. But no promises – Mads/Nintendopusheren.dk just got a really fun idea we have to see if we can make happen.

Looking forward to see you in a few days! I will be checking in on Discord every day so let me know if you want to help out.

Your biggest fan


Tuesday Update

Mads / nintendopusheren.dk testing the free qualification systems.

Another day well spent on setting up and preparing for CTEC 2022!

Thanks to Matisyahu for joining in today and testing the streaming computer. We are using the dedicated CTEC PC – firing up OBS and unpacking the new capture cards was a great experience.

Mads/Nintendopusheren.dk tested NES systems as a pro. So many NES’ so little time. Thanks so much for going at it and for making it run smooth.

We are expecting to set up 12 free qualification stations and 6 rental stations. 11 of the free qualifications will currently accept both types of controller (004 and 004E) and all 6 rental stations will accept both controllers.

The rental section is now fully booked but will be open in case of cancelations. This will be the case also on location if you haven’t got a timeslot and a timeslot is available.

We will also setup 1 free station for audience and guests to play for fun. A station that is not accepted for qualification but meant to take the pressure off from the qualification que.

The bookingsystem automatically cancels unpaid bookings after 24 hours so timeslots might soon be available because of that. If you have not gotten a confirmation then it does not mean you have not been booked – the system is unfortunately not as automated as one could dream of.

I will go on social media after posting this update. I had hoped to be able to reply during the day but have been deep into organising and setting up since this morning. Had the alarm not been activated at the museum at 22:00 I would probably still be on location setting up. It is a great honor to do what I get to do and I appreciate what we have build up for so many years together with so many team members, sponsors, players, venues and everyone else. I truly wish I could be certain that everyone knows how appreciated they are – but I also know it not to be the case. Hopefully I will be able to show this better going forward.

CTEC is growing and I hope more will join our team after this CTEC 2022.

Discord has a dedicated #questions channel but if you need my attention with something personal regarding CTEC 2022 then write a private message on Discord and I will do my best to answer as quick as possible.

Your biggest fan


Game Boy bug

Please remember that we play on original Game Boys and that their hardware has this challenge. It is not the CTEC equipment, it is how the Game Boy is build.

As mentioned in the video – you are allowed to bring your own classic Game Boy. However, only to be used when we are not competing via VGA (as it will add benefits to some). VGA is expected in the finals and maybe earlier in the bracket. Depending on attendance and number of Game Boys brought along.




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