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Johnathan Wendel

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Johnathan Wendel at E3 2014
Status Retired
Date of birth (1981-02-26) February 26, 1981 (age 34)
Hometown Independence, Missouri
Nationality United States
League Cyberathlete Professional League
World Series of Video Games(defunct)
World Cyber Games
Championship Gaming Series (defunct)
Games Quake
Quake 2
Quake 3
Aliens versus Predator 2
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Call of Duty 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Unreal Tournament 2003
Doom 3
Quake 4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Nickname(s) Fatal1ty
Official website

Johnathan Wendel (born February 26, 1981), also known by the gamertag Fatal1ty (pronounced Fatality /feɪlɪti), is a former professional esports player of the first-person shooter titles Quake and Painkiller and entrepreneur. Johnathan was an early pioneer of competitive gaming and was once considered one of the best professional gamers in the world.[1][2] He founded Fatality Inc., a video game accessories company.


Wendel has won approximately US$450,000 in cash and prizes from professional competitions, mainly in the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL).[3] In addition to receiving numerous product partnerships with his company Fatal1ty Brand (Fatal1ty, Inc.), he has been featured in mainstream newsprint publications such as Time, The New York Times, Forbes, and the BBC World Service. He has also been featured on 60 Minutes. He has a training regimen[4] where he practices at least eight hours each day, sometimes more.

Wendel has been a successful competitor in many first-person shooter games. He debuted as a professional gamer in October 1999 by placing 3rd in the Quake III Arena tournament at the CPL's FRAG 3 event. He has competed in tournaments with Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Quake III Arena which he won with his team clan Kapitol at the first-ever CPL Teamplay World Championships (FRAG 4).[citation needed] Most of his successes have been with one-versus-one deathmatch games including Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Painkiller. During his career, he has won a total of twelve world championship titles, including four player of the year awards with the Cyberathlete Professional League[5] and one with the World Cyber Games.[6]

On March 13, 2003, Wendel was profiled on an episode of MTV's True Life reality television series. The episode documented his life and how he prepared for the Cyberathlete Professional League's Winter 2002 Unreal Tournament 2003. Among those featured alongside Wendel in the professional gaming industry were his friends Phil "shogun" Kennedy, and Brian "astro" Lewis, who were also very well known in the professional gaming circuit.[7]

Wendel started a business, Fatal1ty, Inc., that sells his brand of gaming mouse pads, "FATpads". He later expanded this into other gaming products through a business partnership with OCZ Technology, Creative Labs, ASRock, GamerFood and Southern Enterprises, Inc. to create motherboards, energy snacks, sound cards, gaming desks, computer mice, headphones, and power supplies bearing his moniker.[8]

Wendel was the spokesman of the now defunct Championship Gaming Series and has put aside actively competing.[9]

In honor of his contributions to video gaming, Wendel was awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by eSports. He was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in August 2010 and holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.[10]

In July 2012, Topps released their 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball set, which includes autographs and worn shirt memorabilia cards of Wendel.[11]

Wendel held the record for most prize money won in all of electronic sports until he was overthrown by StarCraft II player Jaedong near the end of 2013.[12][13]

World championships

  • CPL: 4 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005)
  • WCG: 1 (2000)


  1. ^ Forbes 0:25
  2. ^ CBS 60 Minutes
  3. ^ "Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - Results By Year". e-Sports Earnings. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fatal1ty On Pro Video Gaming,, December 14, 2006
  5. ^ The CPL Announces Past 1v1 Champions, Cyberathlete Professional League, September 15, 2006
  6. ^ World Cyber Games Challenge Pro Player Index, The Challenge Network, October 6–12, 2000
  7. ^ "I'm a Gamer", True Life, MTV productions, original broadcast date 3/13/2003.
  8. ^ "Gaming Gear For Professional Gamers". 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  9. ^ Championship Gaming Series: Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, Gaming Target, June 18, 2007
  10. ^ "Gaming Gear For Professional Gamers". 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  11. ^ Topps 2012 Allen & Ginter Baseball Checklist, Topps, July 2012
  12. ^ "Jaedong: "It's an honor to be the highest-earnings esports player ever"". onGamers. November 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jaedong becomes the highest earning player in eSports, overtakes Fatal1ty". November 13, 2013. 

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