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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 July, 2005, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Busy weekend pays off for gamers
Screenshot from Painkiller
David Treacy kept up his ranking in the Painkiller tournament
UK pro-gaming team Four-Kings has had one of its best weekends with several members racking up wins.

In tournaments in the US and France two clan members took top honours in Warcraft events, taking home almost $20,000 in prize money.

In another competition, top Painkiller player David Treacy overcame illness to keep his top 10 world ranking.

But the team's Counter-Strike squad got knocked out at the group stage of the competition they were playing in.

Winning ways

The week of 6-10 July was marked on the calendars of many computer gaming fans as it was the date for two big tournaments.

Paris hosted the E-Sports World Cup and Dallas was the venue for a tournament which combined a stop on the globe-trotting Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) World Tour with its regular summer event.

Screenshot from Warcraft III, Vivendi
Four-Kings enjoyed success with Warcraft III
In Paris, Four-Kings Intel Warcraft III player Manuel Schenkhuizen (aka Grubby) took the top prize of $13,000 (7,330) after playing 14 gruelling games.

During his advance to the final, Grubby took on and knocked out another Four-Kings member Dae Hee Cho (aka Fov) while Sebastian Pesic (aka Fury) went on to finish fifth and win $2,000.

Four-Kings also had a team in the Counter-Strike competition at the E-Sports World Cup but the team did not get past the group stages and finished outside the top 10.

A US clan called Complexity were crowned E-Sports World Cup champions by beating the 2004 winners SK Gaming and took the $40,000 prize.

In Dallas, Four-Kings also did well in the Warcraft III competition of the Cyberathlete Professional League's summer event.

Yoan Merlo (aka Tod) travelled to the Dallas tournament after missing his national qualifiers for the E-Sports World Cup due to being in Korea for the World Esports Games.

Mr Merlo took the top prize of $6,000 after beating Dimitar Aleksandrov (aka DIDI8) in the final.

But the main focus of the Dallas event was the fact that it was a stop on the $1m CPL World Tour that sees a series of tournaments featuring the Painkiller game played around the world leading up to the grand final in late November 2005.

Four-Kings member David Treacy (aka Zaccubus) has attended all five tour stops has established a solid position at number eight in the world's top 10 players.

At the Dallas stop Mr Treacy overcame a bout of illness and maintained his position, picking up $1,250 in prize money.

Renowned pro-gamer Jonathan Wendel (aka Fatal1ty) took the top prize of $15,000 for his weekend of work in the Painkiller tournament.

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