Cyberathlete Professional League

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Cyberathlete Professional League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event N/A
Cyberathlete Professional League.jpg
Sport Electronic sports
Founded 1997
Most recent

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) is a professional sports tournament organization specializing in computer and console video game competitions. It was founded by Angel Munoz on June 27, 1997 in Dallas, Texas.[1] 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]


2007 and 2010s[edit]

Date Event Venue Prizes Game Winner Runner-up
2013 CPL Championship 2013[8] Shenyang $6,500 StarCraft II Hui Cao "Jim" Jin Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoo
2012 CPL Championship 2012[9] Shenyang $10,250 StarCraft II Xiang "XY" Yao Xing Biao "Way" Zhu
League of Legends Invictus Gaming MVP White
2011 CPL Invitational 2011[10] Shenyang $26,057 StarCraft II Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoo[11] Kim "SaSe" Hammar
Defense of the Ancients Invictus Gaming.z[12] World Elite
Warcraft III Huang "TH000" Xiang[13] Wang "Infi" Xu Wen
2008 CPL World Tour 2007: Finals.[14] London $300,000 F.E.A.R Henrik "Jagad" Dahl[15] Marc-André "4 Glory" Messier
World In Conflict Team Dignitas[16] Don't Care
2007 CPL Winter 2007 Dallas $60,000 Counter-Strike x3o-gaming Dynamo
Counter-Strike Source Team XFX carnage


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.[17]

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: Team: fnatic (Counter-Strike) and Paul "czm" Nelson (Quake 3).

Event Venue Prizes Game Winner Runner-up
CPL Winter 2006 Dallas $150,000 Counter-Strike fnatic MeetYourMakers
Quake III Paul "czm" Nelson Fan "Jibo" Zhibo
CPL World Season 2006: Nordic Jönköping Qualifier Counter-Strike Ninjas in Pyjamas H2k Gaming
Quake III Fan "Jibo" Zhibo Sebastian "Spart1e" Siira
CPL World Season 2006: Italy Verona Qualifier + $50,000 Counter-Strike aAa a-Losers
Quake III Magnus "Fojji" Olsson Marcel "k1llsen" Paul
CPL World Season 2006: Korea Seoul Qualifier Counter-Strike LAVEGA-GAMING project_kr
CPL World Season 2006: China Chengdu Qualifier Counter-Strike Star.ex Hacker Gaming
CPL World Season 2006: Brazil São Paulo Qualifier Counter-Strike g3nerationX Made in Brazil
Quake III Daniel "Ryu" Souza De Lima Diogo "met" Fressato
CPL World Season 2006: Singapore Singapore Qualifier + $30,000 Counter-Strike fnatic SpeedLink
Quake III Fan "Jibo" Zhibo Brian "dkt" Flander


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.[18]

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

United States Dallas
CPL World Tour 2005: Finals Painkiller: United States Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Painkiller: Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager
United States New York City
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

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


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


Painkiller: Germany Benjamin "zyz" Bohrmann

Day of Defeat: United States Check Six

Doom 3: Germany Stefan "dragon" Schott

United States Dallas
CPL UK Qualifier 2004 CS: United Kingdom 4Kings
CS: France GoodGame
United Kingdom London
CPL Greece Qualifier 2004 CS: Denmark The Titans CS: Sweden TeG Qualifier Greece Athens
CPL Brazil Qualifier 2004 CS: g3nerationX CS: Made in Brazil
Brazil São 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

Past CPL World Champions[edit]

Individual competitions[edit]

Team competitions[edit]

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 CAL.[23] 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.[24]

The CAL is based mainly on online game play. 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.[25] The CAL ceased operating in 2009.

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.

  • Singapore: Edge of Reality
  • China: Media Gaming Live Pte Ltd
  • Australia: Ping Events Australia EH? (James Duffy's "Puffing Duffy's Pro's")
  • Chile: ALM Ingenieria (LAN-Z) S.A.
  • Brazil: Made in Brazil Esportes Eletrônicos (MiBR) Ltda
  • South Korea: International e-Sports Group, Inc (IEG)
  • Sweden: E-Sport Entertainment Group AB (EEG)
  • Romania: E-Sport Entertainment, Inc (OSIM)
  • Italy: A.S. (ASPI)

Possible fraud leak[edit]

On April 2, 2010, a former CGS employee Tonya Welch, released information[26] 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.


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