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CTEC 2022 DATES & LOCATION

Hello, this is Chriss speaking.

As tradition follows, CTEC follows CTWC with our date announced after them.
So here it is!

Date: 18th & 19th November 2022 (third weekend of November).
Location: Enigma Museum, Øster Allé 3 2100 København Ø
NB! There will be activities all week.

The team has been informed and now … it is your turn! BOOM!
We are super excited to see you all again. No wait … SUPER excited. Not just a … hello nice to see you – excited. This is something we have been preparing equipment for last couple of years, dreaming of when we will setup the row of NES stations, linking the Game Boys together and celebrating the greatness of classic PAL Tetris and it’s players – you!

Same place & time next year too.
Since the early years of CTEC we have aimed for a permanent location with the same date every year. This has proven to be a bit difficult given the event being for free and therefore us having to borrow location for free too. However, through my work with Bip Bip Bar an opportunity arose – one which some of you already supported back in 2019 when Enigma Museum lent us several floors to play, compete and enjoy both CTEC and Retro Expo DK. The event went perfect and the excitement for Tetris, the interest in retro gaming and the community-feel charmed us all. Back then, the decision on placing CTEC at Enigma Museum was agreed upon as an extension of our project that we have worked on for years. Bip Bip Bar, Enigma Museum & I will be building a permanent gaming exhibition and the whole building has been rebuilded during lockdown. I have met with Enigma Museum regarding the future of CTEC and to consolidate the importance of recurring dates. This is now finally possible to offer! It means that you, the players, guests, community, friends, supporters, family and more, can book travels in advance and we, the team can improve the setup in our end year after year.

The date is also selected with respect to CTWC that announced they would be changing theirs to yearlier in the year before the pandemic. However, with the recent announcement we have tried to give as much room as possible for players to enjoy both NTSC with them and then later PAL with us. Without ending up in December.

The annual date is therefore: “3rd weekend in November”.

CTEC is set to be at the end of the year with the special aim of letting CTEC nationals submit a winner throughout the year who will auto-qualify at CTEC at the end of the year.

Playchoice
Players can compete on NES & Game Boy (vs mode via link cable). The two types of tournaments are placed so that everyone has a chance to try their skills in both if one wishes to do so.

Retro Expo DK
The 2nd hand marked, talks, game areas, workshops and more might be back in full play, but any reboot of this size needs some extra batteries before anything can be promised.

Party!
The winner will be celebrated on stage at CTEC and on the Saturday a party will be thrown in CTECs honor at Bip Bip Bar. The arcade bar is within walking distance from the Enigma Museum.

Tetris Week
A program for those of you who wish to visit Denmark earlier in the week than 18th – an activity schedule for the week will be made and meet-up points will be found there too. Copenhagen has many retro game shops, bars & cafes with video/arcade/pinball games and exciting stuff to experience – solo and as a community.

Your biggest fan
Chriss

CTEC 2022: CONTINUE!

Hello everyone! We are so excited to bring you our news!
We are currently gathering items and testing our equipment with the aim of arranging CTEC 2022 On Location! We plan on arranging CTEC 2022 a weekend at the end of the year. With retro game shops, Bip Bip Bar (arcade bar) and a great Danish retro gaming community – everyone is naturally welcome to spend a whole week of Tetris fun in Denmark as Copenhagen has many options.

Venue: Still aiming at Enigma which is the venue where CTEC was held in 2019 before the pandemic. I, Chrisstoffer, will be attending a meeting with Martin who is the exhibition manager at Enigma Museum next week. Enigma is in the process of rebuilding large sections of their buildings including the area where we would like to play. The aim is to find a venue where we can hold the annual CTEC. This will allow us to plan much more ahead with the tournament in the same month every year. Our equipment/storage is also expanding and with an international team setting up systems, recordings, streaming and everything needed to make CTEC better every year we too look forward to this. A schedule, address and knowledge about the frame in which we will set up the stream and go live is also needed to make sure the team knows the tech details. Players will finally be able to know what to aim for and when to start looking for official dates. The audience around the world will also be able to be informed about the stream much earlier ahead.

But, it is honestly a bit more difficult to reboot what we are used to. CTEC had been a tournament and event that grew yearly however with a break like this some of the work is a bit more difficult. But the challenge is accepted! It might result in a CTEC with a smaller crowd as it is uncertain if it is possible to arrange the Retro Expo too. CTEC is the first priority and if the final venue and circumstances allows it – then we know how to flip ideas and place the pieces together so 2nd hand markets, retro gaming area, talks and all that good pixeljuice can be served as the players compete and new friendships appear.

To improve from critique I am looking into qualification and how this can be done without the need of players standing in line. We are also looking into setting up specific qualification stations that only allow high level entry. More on this some other time.

GAME BOY – Oh yes, we will (of course) see the return of the Game Boy tournament. Tetris on the Classic Game Boy is a huge part of CTEC and will be displayed on big screen and streamed online as players compete head to head with only a link cable in between.

As stated in the beginning, CTEC will be at the end of the year if Covid and other challenges in that category don’t make it impossible. It is important that everyone has a fair chance to participate. CTEC respects the CTWC calendar and with Portland Retro Expo now being moved to happen earlier in the year we are continuing with our event at the end of the year. Another reason is the aim of letting National CTEC tournaments auto-qualify for CTEC 2022 on location. With an official CTEC schedule where countries submit their date it will be something to stay updated on all year with the CTEC at the end. More on this some other time.

As tradition prefers, we will end the week on Saturday with a huge game party at Bip Bip Bar in the honour of classic Tetris. www.ClassicTetris.eu should also be ready with a community guide so players know how and where to meet up during and outside tournament schedule.

If all else fails I am able to guarantee a tournament at Bip Bip Bar with closed doors Sunday and entrance for qualifiers/sign ups. However – I still want to aim for a bigger space and a room/area only for CTEC. Announcing a specific date now could end up with the smaller choice as a locked date is very difficult to work with. Every year I plan according to the venue’s schedule as CTEC does not have the economy to book/rent such spaces at the normal price. This is something that should change soon and hopefully this year.

We are a strong community with many skills. Players and team members made sure CTEC would be possible online the two previous years and is also the reason why it is possible to say that we will experience CTEC 2022 on location!

Your biggest fan,
Chriss.

Silver Bracket Found its Winner

What a tribute to Classic Tetris it is to see that players are here to play and the community enjoys all aspects of it. The Silver Bracket was created by the community to find a winner amongst the Top 33 to 48 of the best CTEC 2021 qualifying scores. A bracket where we were spoiled with skills from multiple countries and a will to win all over the playfield.

To find more informations about Silver Bracket, please visit: registration/#silverbracket

– or from the top menu: CTEC/CTEC 2021/SILVER BRACKET

Congratulations & thank you for CTEC 2021 *spoiler alert*

*** SPOILER ALERT – WINNER ANNOUNCED ***

Another new name is added to the elite classic Tetris club of CTEC winners. Congratulations SIDNEV! And congratulations to everyone else too for now being presented with a CTEC finale that displayed this amazing new level of skills. Thanks to both SIDNEV & FRACTAL for impressing us with such a high speed Tetris finale and for surprising us by never slowing down – even though you went into a brackets reset! CTEC 2021 had so many memorable moments and hours of stream to look back upon, but to mention a few: FRACTAL qualifying with a maxout while still having SIDNEV replying with a Tetris at level 28 in the finale. And what an incredible number of nationalities that competed and for the first time in CTEC history we did groups of 8, losers bracket and to come: Silver bracket. The bar is now higher than ever and reruns are needed to catch up on what a CTEC qualifier must face in the future of classic esports. 

Official CTEC 2021 Bracket

Thanks To

Donators for supporting us – remember to get your discount if the new webshop has something you’d like. Enigma for letting us setup stream and hosting www.twitch.tv/classictetriseurope. Magnutron for supplying us with streaming equipment. Thanks to the community for being as passionate about Tetris as we are and for understanding that everyone has a voice and may speak up to be heard as the CTEC brand is based on everyone’s involvement. Massive kudos and cyber hugs to all the commentators for keeping the soundchannel informative for both players and viewers and for keeping it so funny that it is a medium for entertainment itself. Thanks to CTWC for sharing our links and for always having the time to talk about classic Tetris and the experience of organizing and wanting to improve a tournament in our category. Thanks to Usagi is Dead for slowly becoming our soundtrack as they once again let us use their great tunes in the back while streaming. Thanks to the Tetris Task Team for the many meetings, weeks & months spent on creating CTEC 2021. A special thanks to ClassicTetrisPal for being our CTEC online safety-net and for always being there to organize online brackets. Thanks to the players for presenting us with live classic Tetris action & to the viewers who keep adding to the Tetris excitement. 

For more info about sponsors and friends, please visit classictetris.eu/sponsorsandfriends 

Thanks for a great CTEC 2021!

CTEC always celebrates the championship with a group picture – but being strictly online in 2021 – here’s a gallery of the organizers of CTEC 2021 who would like to say thank you to everyone who took interest in this year’s CTEC.

(Gallery will be updated as members of the Tetris Task Team adds their pictures)

In alphabetical order: Archina, Bakadrian, bv_09, Chrisstoffer, EdgeTE, Elpailtem, Foryst, IMoC, Jakub, Marq, Paulister, PirBip, Sakurion & vonGoldschmidt. Pictures in gallery is randomised.

For future reference, www.ClassicTetris.eu will keep being updated.

Bracket reset!

What a last match before losers bracket rules kick in and they will have to do it over for the final and last time!

Only fair when SIDNEV is in the final via losers bracket and FRACTAL will get same chance after current defeat.

Here we go! THE FINAL IS BACK ON!

Schedule

Stream is live and the schedule will be updated in case of difficulties. Good luck everyone!

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