Interview by Richard Elliot

When the E-Sports scene was emerging from the primordial soup of freshly drawn 3D, I was head admin at and found myself covering perhaps the most exciting time in E-Sports.

During this frenetic period there emerged a handful of players who transformed the FPS genre into an art-form. They gathered fans as their “demos” went viral through the online gaming community. As the fan-base grew, the handful of players found themselves presented with sponsorship deals.

First there was the unbeaten, Ferrari winning legend that is Thresh. His impact on a largely HPB * scene was seismic. Never before had a gamer been spoken about in playgrounds, offices and pubs with such awe.

And then, in 1999 came Fatal1ty. Effectively surfing in on the first E-Sports wave, Fatal1ty shafted his way through the Quake3 crowd with brutal efficiency. Totalling over $500,000 in prize money, he has reigned victorious in a staggering 5 different games. Holding titles in Doom 3, Alien vs. Predator 2, Unreal Tournament 2003, Quake III and Painkiller, he is unmatched.

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