Steve Wiebe

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Steve Wiebe
Born Steven J. Wiebe
(1969-01-03) January 3, 1969 (age 48)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Redmond, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Education University of Washington (B.S., Mechanical Engineering; 1991)
City University (M.Ed.; 2004)
Occupation Competitive gamer, school teacher, musician, basketball

Steven J. "Steve" Wiebe (/ˈwbi/; born January 3, 1969) is an American two-time world champion of the video game Donkey Kong, most recently holding the title from September 20, 2010 to January 10, 2011 with a high score of 1,064,500 points.[1] Wiebe was the first person to achieve over a million points in a public game, with a score of 1,006,600 on July 4, 2004. He is one of the primary subjects of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.[2][3][4]

Wiebe lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife Nicole, and has a daughter, Jillian, and son, Derek. In addition to his competitive gaming pursuits, Wiebe currently teaches math at Redmond High School. He has been interested in music from an early age.[5][6]

Media appearances[edit]

Wiebe was interviewed about the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson[7] and on G4's Attack of the Show.[8] He also voiced his own cartoon character on Code Monkeys in the episode "The Great Recession". He also appeared as "Jim" in the film Four Christmases, which was directed by Seth Gordon, the director of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. In 2011 Wiebe made a cameo appearance in Gordon's film Horrible Bosses as Thomas, Head of Security.

Like his Donkey Kong rival Billy Mitchell, Wiebe was also put in a TOPPS Allen & Ginter baseball set, which is featured in the 2009 edition of the baseball product.[9][10][11]

He is also now in the TV series Sneaky Pete on Amazon. He played Stephen Davidson in episode 1.

Timeline of Wiebe's and the Donkey Kong high score record[edit]

  • On August 19, 2007, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, Wiebe scored 695,500 points while Twin Galaxies Founder Walter Day served as the official referee.[12]
  • On March 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada Wiebe played in front of a fluctuating crowd of 1,900 party attendees in the TAO Nightclub in the Venetian Casino during Microsoft's MIX08 event. During that attempt, Wiebe achieved two scores: first scoring 929,800 points and reaching the kill screen and then 579,300 points on the second try. According to Twin Galaxies records, this is the sixth time someone had reached the "Kill Screen" during a public gaming performance (He and Billy Mitchell each did this three times). Again, Wiebe performed under the supervision of Twin Galaxies Founder Walter Day, who noted: "Possibly the biggest challenges Wiebe had to overcome were the loud nightclub music, the chaotic environment and the late hours."[13]
  • On July 17, 2008, Wiebe made his third attempt to break the Donkey Kong high score at the Twiistup 4 event in Santa Monica, California but was unsuccessful on two consecutive attempts, scoring 340,500 and 466,100 points.[14]
  • In October 2008, at the 2008 E for All Expo, he scored 1,000,200 in front of a large crowd. This was only the third time a 1 million point score had been achieved in public.
  • On April 24, 2009, Wiebe temporarily took command of the Donkey Kong Jr. title, eclipsing both Mitchell and previous record holder Icarus Hall with a score of 1,139,800 points. This was later passed by Mark L. Kiehl with a score of 1,147,800.[15]
  • On June 2, 2009, Wiebe reached a score of 923,400 points at E3 2009 during his first attempt that day. On his second attempt, he reached 653,700. A third attempt was interrupted by a brief power failure. After power was restored, Wiebe made a fourth attempt in which he reached 989,400 points before the kill screen ended his final attempt. These attempts were broadcast online via G4TV.[16]
  • On February 17, 2010, Wiebe recaptured the Donkey Kong Jr. high score title with a verified 1,190,400 points, beating out previous record holder Mark Kiehl. Twin Galaxies Founder Walter Day served as the official referee.[17] On April 19, 2010, Mark Kiehl again recaptured the Donkey Kong Jr. high score with a verified 1,253,000 points.[18]
  • On September 20, 2010, Wiebe regained the title of Donkey Kong champion, verified by Twin Galaxies through a DVD recording of play on August 30, 2010 with a score of 1,064,500 points.[19]
  • On January 10, 2011, Wiebe lost the title of world record holder when his previous high score of 1,064,500 points on Donkey Kong was beaten by plastic surgeon Hank Chien's 1,068,000 point high score. The attempt took two hours and forty five minutes.[20]
  • On May 8th, 2016, the latest world record of 1,218,000 was set by Wes Copeland.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Wiebe was born in Seattle, Washington to Ryan and Sandy Wiebe, and has a brother, Ryan Wiebe, and sister, Cathy Lowell. He attended Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. He played for the school's basketball and baseball teams and also played the drums for the school's symphonic and jazz bands. Wiebe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1991. From 1996 to 1999, he worked at Boeing as a testing and analysis engineer; and from 1999 to 2001, he worked at the Bsquare corporation in Bellevue as a software testing engineer. In 2004, Wiebe earned a Master of Education degree at City University of Seattle.[5]

In December 2009 he released a Contemporary Christian album titled The King of Song.[22]


  1. ^ Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "'Kong' star struggles to win high score lead and respect". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  3. ^ Bierly, Mandi (August 23, 2007). "Steve Wiebe's Game Plan". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Steve Wiebe, 'King of Kong,' on Living the Dream". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Steve's Bio". Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Gordon, Seth (2007).The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Picturehouse/New Line Cinema
  7. ^ "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". CBS. 
  8. ^ "One on One with Steve Wiebe". G4 TV. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  9. ^ "New Topps Card Set Includes Famed Arcade Gamer". Game Politics. July 28, 2008.
  10. ^ "# 24 Steve Wiebe - 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter NM/MT". Dean's Cards. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "24 - Steve Wiebe". The Trading Card Database. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  12. ^ "Steve Wiebe Reaches 695,500 points during Donkey Kong World Record Attempt". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved March 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Steve Wiebe Tries Twice But Falls Short". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved March 14, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Twin Galaxies Monitors Steve Wiebe Donkey Kong Attempt for Guinness World Records". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Donkey Kong Junior". Twin Galaxies. 
  16. ^ Chris Higgins. "Live, Breaking News: Steve Wiebe Tries to Recapture Donkey Kong Record". Mental Floss. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Wiebe Scores Again". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mark Kiehl recaptures high score". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Steve Wiebe regains Donkey Kong World Record from Billy Mitchell". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Hank Chien reclaims Donkey Kong high score". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Steve's Store". Steve Wiebe. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 

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