Cyberathlete Professional League

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Cyberathlete Professional League
Current season, competition or edition:
N/A
Sport Electronic sports
Founded 1997
Most recent champion(s)

United States X3O (CS) United States Team XFX (CSS)

United States Thomas "Ogre 2" Ryan (Halo 3)
Most titles Germany SK-Gaming (7 times)
Official website Official website

The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), founded by Angel Munoz on June 27, 1997,[1] is a professional sports tournament organization specializing in computer and console video game competitions.

Launched in Dallas, Texas, the CPL is considered the pioneer[2] in professional video game tournaments, which have been held worldwide. The CPL's tournaments are open to all registrants, but due to the ESRB content rating of some video games, CPL competitions are restricted to participants age 17 or older. The CPL has distributed more than US$3,000,000 in cash prizes.[citation needed] In 2005 the CPL moved to a World Tour format. The 2005 CPL World Tour focused on the one-on-one deathmatch game Painkiller and had a total prize purse of $1,000,000. The winner of the CPL Grand Finals event, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, went home with the grand prize of $150,000, while Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager took home the MVP trophy for having the most tournament wins.

In March 2008, the CPL ceased operations, citing a "crowded field of competing leagues".[3] On August 25, 2008, the CPL announced that it had signed an acquisition agreement with an investment group based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[4] On August 23, 2010, the former parent company of the CPL, announced that the two-year acquisition process of the CPL was finalized, and that the sole owner of the CPL (and its subsidiaries) was now WoLong Ventures PTE of Singapore.[5][6] Following this acquisition, the CPL has hosted annual competitions in China, in collaboration with the municipal government of Shenyang.[7]

Events[edit]

2013[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Championship 2013[8]

StarCraft II: China Hui Cao "Jim" Jin

StarCraft II: South Korea Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoo $6,500
China Shenyang

2012[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Championship 2012[9]

StarCraft II: ChinaXiang "XY" Yao
League of Legends:China Invictus Gaming

StarCraft II: China Xing Biao "Way" Zhu

League of Legends:South Korea MVP White

$10,250
China Shenyang

2011[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Invitational 2011[10]

StarCraft II: South Korea Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoo[11]
Defense of the Ancients:China Invictus Gaming.z[12]
WC3: China Huang "TH000" Xiang[13]

StarCraft II: Sweden Kim "SaSe" Hammar

Defense of the Ancients:China World Elite
WC3: China Wang "Infi" Xu Wen

$26,057
China Shenyang

2007[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Winter 2007 CS: United States x3o-gaming

CS:Source: United States Team XFX

CS: United States Mug N Mouse |CS: United States Dynamo

CS:Source: United States carnage

$60,000
United States Dallas

2006[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Winter 2006 CS: Sweden fnatic

Quake III: United States Paul "czm" Nelson

CS: Norway MeetYourMakers

Quake III: China Fan "Jibo" Zhibo

$150,000 United States Dallas
CPL World Season 2006: Nordic CS: Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Quake III: China Fan "Jibo" Zhibo

CS: Denmark H2k Gaming

Quake III: Sweden Sebastian "Spart1e" Siira

Qualifier
Sweden Jönköping
CPL World Season 2006: Italy CS: France aAa

Quake III: Sweden Magnus "Fojji" Olsson

CS: Germany a-Losers

Quake III: Germany Marcel "k1llsen" Paul

Qualifier + $50,000
Italy Verona
CPL World Season 2006: Korea CS: South Korea LAVEGA-GAMING
CS: South Korea project_kr Qualifier
South Korea Seoul
CPL World Season 2006: China CS: China Star.ex
CS: China Hacker Gaming
Qualifier
China Chengdu
CPL World Season 2006: Brazil CS: Brazil g3nerationX

Quake III: Brazil Daniel "Ryu" Souza De Lima

CS: Brazil Made in Brazil

Quake III: Brazil Diogo "met" Fressato

Qualifier Brazil Sao Paulo
CPL World Season 2006: Singapore CS: Sweden fnatic

Quake III: China Fan "Jibo" Zhibo

CS: Sweden SpeedLink

Quake III: United States Brian "dkt" Flander

Qualifier + $30,000 Singapore Singapore

2005[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Winter 2005 CS: Sweden SK-Gaming

Quake 4: Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov

F.E.A.R: United States Neal "cleaner" Sisbarro

CS: South Korea Lunatic Hai

Quake 4: Sweden Johan "Toxjq" Quick

F.E.A.R: United States Steven "BlueWolf" Anderson

$100,000
United States Dallas
CPL World Tour 2005: Finals Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager
$500,000
United States New York
CPL World Tour 2005: Chile CS: Brazil Made in Brazil

Painkiller: Sweden Alexander "ztrider" Ingarv

WC3: Argentina Rodolfo "Virus" Ehrhorn

CS: United States United 5

Painkiller: Canada Andrew "Gelleshak" Ryder

WC3: Brazil Bernardo "PaTo" Rodrigues

Qualifier + $60,000
Chile Santiago de Chile
CPL World Tour 2005: Italy Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager
Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Qualifier + $50,000
Italy Milan
CPL World Tour 2005: Singapore CS: Sweden fnatic

Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

CS: Indonesia Team XCN

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

Qualifier + $70,000
Singapore Singapore
CPL World Tour 2005: United Kingdom CS: Norway Team9

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

CS: Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

Qualifier + $60,000
United Kingdom Sheffield
CPL Summer 2005 CS: Sweden SK-Gaming

Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

CS:Source: United States PowersGaming

WC3: France Yoan "ToD" Merlo

Halo 2: United States Final Boss

Day of Defeat: United States Check Six

CS: Canada Evil Geniuses

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

CS:Source: United States upper

WC3: Bulgaria Dimitar "DIDI8" Aleksandrov

Halo 2: United States h2o

Day of Defeat: United States compLexity

$200,000
United States Dallas
CPL World Tour 2005: Sweden Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager
Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Qualifier + $50,000
Sweden Jönköping
CPL World Tour 2005: Brazil CS: Brazil Made in Brazil

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

CS: Sweden SSV Lehnitz(fnatic)

Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

Qualifier + $70,000
Brazil Rio de Janeiro
CPL World Tour 2005: Spain CS: Germany mousesports

Painkiller: Germany Stephan "SteLam" Lammert

CS: United States compLexity

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

Qualifier + $70,000
Spain Barcelona
CPL World Tour 2005: Turkey CS: Norway Catch Gamer

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

WC3: Netherlands Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen

CS: Russia M19

Painkiller: Germany Benjamin "zyz" Bohrmann

WC3: Ukraine Mykhaylo "HoT" Novopashyn

Qualifier + $70,000
Turkey Istanbul

2004[edit]

Event Winner Runner-up Prizes Venue
CPL Winter 2004 CS: NorwayUnited StatesCanada Team NoA

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

Day of Defeat: United States Highball

Doom 3: China Yang "RocketBoy" Meng

CS: Sweden EYEBALLERS

Painkiller: Germany Benjamin "zyz" Bohrmann

Day of Defeat: United States Check Six

Doom 3: Germany Stefan "dragon" Schott

$150,000
United States Dallas
CPL UK Qualifier 2004 CS: United Kingdom 4Kings
CS: France GoodGame
Qualifier
United Kingdom London
CPL Greece Qualifier 2004 CS: Denmark The Titans
CS: Sweden TeG
Qualifier
Greece Athens
CPL Brazil Qualifier 2004 CS: Brazil g3nerationX
CS: Brazil Made in Brazil
Qualifier
Brazil Sao Paulo
CPL Japan Qualifier 2004 CS: Japan Epiphyllum Oxpetalum
CS: Japan Dynamic
Qualifier
Japan Tokyo
CPL Turkey Qualifier 2004 CS: Germany mousesports
CS: Turkey Team Quash
Qualifier
Turkey Istanbul
CPL Romania Qualifier 2004 CS: Germany SK-Gaming
CS: Czech Republic AMD Cyber Team
Qualifier
Romania Timişoara
CPL Summer 2004 CS: Sweden EYEBALLERS

Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager

UT2K4: Germany SK-Gaming

Call Of Duty: United States United 5

Halo: United States Team Wat?

CS: Sweden SK-Gaming

Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

UT2K4: Denmark Xtreme(fnatic)

Call Of Duty: United States Team 3D

Halo: United States cooked_Gamers

$250,000
United States Dallas

Cyberathlete Amateur League[edit]

The CPL also owned and operated an online video game league for amateur players and teams, named the Cyberathlete Amateur League or CAL. CAL operated year-round, with regular eight-week seasons, one or two matches per week, and a single-elimination postseason (playoffs).

On November 14, 2008, the newly formed CPL Holding Group, LLC from United Arab Emirates announced that it had acquired the Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL).[14]

On February 22, 2009, CAL ceased online operations. At its peak CAL was one of the largest online gaming leagues in North America with 20,000 teams and over 600,000 registered players. The CAL website was located at www.caleague.com

The CAl is based mainly on online game play. It hosts more than 600,000 online gamers.[15] A 2003 competition hosted by CAL was played in a Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Several tables were placed together where 10 computers were set up for the professional gamers. The game was Half-Life: Counterstrike.[16] The CAL ceased operating in 2009.

Past CPL World Champions[edit]

Individual competitions[edit]

Team competitions[edit]

Past CPL Event Winners[edit]

Main article: Past CPL Winners

World Tour 2005[edit]

Main article: 2005 CPL World Tour
The CPL World Tour Logo

At the 2004 Cyberathlete Extreme Summer Championships, the CPL announced details on its largest event ever, the CPL World Tour. This event took place throughout 2005, with a total of 10 international stops and a finals event held in New York City, televised by MTV. [21]

World Season 2006[edit]

Main article: 2006 CPL World Season

The 2006 CPL World Season was a series of electronic sports competitions organized by the CPL in the fall of 2006. It was a follow up of the 2005 CPL World Tour and was announced by the CPL on July 31, 2006.[22]

The tour featured two games, Counter-Strike and Quake 3. After a total of 7 qualifier events, the finals were held on 16–20 December 2006 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, Texas. The championship finals had a total prize purse of $150,000 and were won by ORG: Germany Team: Sweden fnatic (Counter-Strike) and United States Paul "czm" Nelson (Quake 3).

CPL Divisions[edit]

In mid-2006, the CPL together with its international partners announced a series of licensed divisions to bring worldwide the experience of the CPL events.

CPL Singapore[edit]

CPL China[edit]

CPL Australia[edit]

  • Australia Strategic Partner: Ping Events Australia EH? jj

CPL Chile[edit]

  • Chile Strategic Partner: ALM Ingenieria (LAN-Z) S.A.

CPL Brazil[edit]

CPL Korea[edit]

CPL Nordic[edit]

CPL Romania[edit]

CPL Italy[edit]

  • Italy Strategic Partner: A.S. Play.it (ASPI)

Possible fraud leak[edit]

On April 2, 2010, a former CGS employee Tonya Welch, released information[23] about an alleged "fraud scheme" by which the new buyers of the CPL had made fictitious statements to the general public and to the previous owner of the CPL. She claimed that the investors were not from Abu Dhabi, as had been announced, but that the purchase was actually conducted by a private group of US investors. Despite the allegations the acquisition was ultimately completed by WoLong Ventures of Singapore.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Club FORUM Beograd | PROJECTS |". Clubforum.org. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
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  4. ^ Adrenaline Vault (2008-08-25). "Investment Group Acquires CPL". avault.com. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
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  6. ^ "and WoLong Ventures Announce Completion of CPL and CAL Acquisition". NewWorld. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ "China- Shenyang CPL Championship is Back!!!". theCPL.com. 6 Jul 2013. Retrieved 30 Aug 2013. 
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  9. ^ "CPL Championship 2012". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
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  11. ^ "MarineKing wins CPL Invitational 2011". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
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  14. ^ GotFrag (2008-11-14). "CPL Holdings Group Acquires CAL". thecpl.com. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
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