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Last Updated: Monday, 5 September 2005, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Brit shines at top gaming event
Screenshot from Painkiller, Dreamcatcher
Pro-Painkiller players are having a good year
One of Britain's top pro-gamers got his best ever result in the UK leg of a lucrative globe-trotting tournament.

David Treacy, aka Zaccubus, came in fourth in the CPL World Tour event and took home a $5,000 (2,705) prize.

The year long Cyberathlete Professional League's World Tour stages tournaments in eight countries in which pro-gamers compete for part of a $1m prize pot.

But the UK event was marred by attempts by malicious hackers to crash servers providing online coverage.

Big shot

Mr Treacy is one of the few players to have made it to all the stops on the World Tour so far thanks to his membership of UK pro-gaming clan Four-Kings Intel.

He is the UK's top player of the Painkiller first-person shooter and has regularly made it in to the top 10 in World Tour events, but has never ranked higher than eighth.

Playing on home soil suited him as he turned in a personal best performance. His final position could have been even higher had he not lost by a single kill in the division final.

If he maintains this position and takes it through to the grand final in November, he could net a prize of $50,000 (27,050).

Fellow Four-Kings Intel player Aaron Foster (aka Razorb) was knocked out during the early stages of the tournament.

The winner of the Painkiller event was Dutch player Sander Kaasjager, aka Vo0, who has now taken home more than $100,000 in prize money from the CPL tour. Second was renowned pro-gamer Jonathan Wendel, aka Fatal1ty.

The UK leg of the CPL World Tour was held at the Magna Science Centre in Sheffield.

Running alongside the Painkiller tournament was an event for Counter-Strike players. Four-Kings Intel came in fifth in this competition with the top slot being taken by Norwegian clan Team9. Second was Ninjas in Pajamas.

Fans trying to follow the action via the net were thwarted by a so-called denial-of-service attack on the servers that commentators were using.

By bombarding the net link from the Magna Centre with bogus data, the malicious hackers managed to stop the commentary being broadcast over the net.

Online gaming magazine Gotfrag reported that this was the third CPL event to suffer such an attack. The police have reportedly been told about the incident.

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