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World success for UK pro-gamers
Screenshot of Painkiller
Painkiller players take each other on in nine tournaments
UK pro-gaming team Four-Kings is racking up a series of successes in tournaments around the world.

Top UK Painkiller player David Treacy is climbing the rankings in the globe-trotting CPL World Tour contest.

Mr Treacy has secured a place in the event's grand final that gives him a chance to share a $500,000 prize pot.

The Four-Kings Counter-Strike players have won $20,000 by finishing second in a prestigious invitation-only tournament held in South Korea.

Cash prize

The $1m World Tour, organised by the Cyberathlete Professional League, sees top players of the Painkiller shooter take each other on in nine separate tournaments held at different venues around the world.

Those who top the rankings in the nine tour stops also win a place in the grand final which is scheduled for November in the US.

Louvre museum at night, AP
The E-Sports World Cup to be held at the Louvre in Paris
Representing the UK in the CPL World Tour have been David Treacy (aka Zaccubus) and Dan Marshall (aka Kuula), both of whom play for the Four-Kings Intel team.

So far Mr Treacy is the only player to make it to all four tour stops.

In the first three stops in Turkey, Spain and Brazil, Mr Treacy made it to the 13-16th ranking.

Technical troubles prevented him doing better in the competition held in Barcelona, Spain.

Mr Treacy said: "I was unlucky in a few of the maps that I played and should definitely have done better."

In the Swedish leg, held from 16-18 June, he got his best placing and made it into the top eight, which netted him a $1,250 prize as well as a place in the grand final.

Philip Wride, one of the managers of the Four-Kings Intel team, said he hoped Mr Treacy could at least keep his ranking or improve it at the grand final.

"If he takes 8th place in the grand final that will give him a prize of over $12,000," he said.

The next leg of the CPL World Tour takes place from 6-10 July in Texas.

Dan Marshall (aka Kuula) has managed to make the 17-24th rankings in the two tour tournaments (Spain and Sweden) that he attended.

Fan base

Also doing well is the Four-Kings Intel Counter-Strike team. These players have been spending a lot of time in South Korea recently to take part in the in the invitation-only World E-Sports Games league.

In the first season of this tournament, the Counter-Strike team secured second-place overall and took home a prize of $20,000.

Mr Wride said the team members are rapidly becoming celebrities in South Korea thanks to this success.

"Last season they were mobbed for photographs and autographs and all sorts," he said. "There was a 20-minute autograph signing session before they played the WEG season 1 final."

In the WEG Season 2 competition, Four-Kings Intel had hoped to improve upon their 2nd place from season one but unfortunately ended up third and will take home $7,000.

Mr Wride said the Counter-Strike team had recruited a new member who was one of the best players in the world. The winners of the WEG competition get a cheque for $50,000.

He added that the tough competition in South Korea would help in the forthcoming E-Sports World Cup to be held in Paris from 6-10 July.

"It's the best practise possible for the team and we're hoping we'll do very nicely," he said.

The first prize in the E-Sports World Cup is $40,000.

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