FATAL1TY inducted into Esports Hall of Fame at IEM Chicago

The original esports superstar and Quake player extraordinaire was honored with an induction into the Esports Hall of Fame today at IEM Chicago.

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Jonathan Wendel, better know as FATAL1TY, is one of the original esports superstars and today he was honored with induction into the Esports Hall of Fame at IEM Chicago. FATAL1TY made his name playing professional Quake back in the old days of PC esports. He said in his induction speech that he will "champion esports" for the rest of his life. 

Most of FATAL1TY's victories came in 1v1 deathmatch Quake, Painkiller and UT tournaments, but he did also compete in several team tourneys. His Clan Kapitol team won a Quake 3 Arena title. We chatted with FATAL1TY at the Shacknews World Championship final round earlier this year. He was our special guest commentator during our 1v1 Quake final that saw MegaMoose64 take home $30,000 and my briefcase.

FATAL1TY is a true trailblazer for esports and has continued to remain an ambassador for competitive gaming. In his induction speech, he said he set three goals when he was an aspiring esports player: "Travel overseas to play video games, become a champion, and do it with class." Congratulations, champ. Not too bad for a guy who had to quit sCary's high ping Quake team because his parents grounded him.

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    November 11, 2018 11:35 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, FATAL1TY inducted into Esports Hall of Fame at IEM Chicago

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      November 11, 2018 11:37 AM

      I’ve beaten a hall of famer, lol

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        November 11, 2018 6:29 PM

        i am 1-0 against a hall of famer in a tournament setting

        don’t ask me for details i refuse to provide them

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      November 11, 2018 11:38 AM

      Poll: did you know there was an esports hall of fame in Chicago

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        November 11, 2018 12:16 PM

        No. But why wouldn't there be?

        And given esports is a super young thing compared to most other sports I wouldn't expect many people to know it was a thing that existed.

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        November 11, 2018 3:15 PM

        No. Couldn't name like three esport players either.

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          November 11, 2018 4:03 PM

          Fatal1ty, Ninja, Shroud

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          November 11, 2018 5:43 PM

          Well I'm a fan of some so let's see how many I know off the top of my head.

          Fatality
          Shroud
          Sumail
          Dendi
          Burning
          Idra
          Day9
          Artosis(sp?)
          EternalEnvy
          Universe
          Profit
          Jjonak
          Leave
          Gexue
          xQc
          Agilities
          Surefour
          Taimou
          ppd

          That's all I got on the spot.

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            November 11, 2018 7:25 PM

            GitzZz
            ZeRo4
            czm
            Polosatiy
            LeXeR
            CoolleR
            uNkind
            av3k
            k1llsen
            Apheleon
            Gellehsak
            Vo0
            Toxic
            Cypher
            Fazz
            Fox
            Thresh
            LakermaN
            Purri
            rapha
            cha0ticz
            sujoy
            jibo

            I've got some images of some memorable frag videos but can't quite put names to them.
            as for RTS players, only can name Terran 'SlayerS' Boxer, MaD]Q[FroG and Grubby

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              November 11, 2018 9:14 PM

              The fact that Slayer was the only one I recognized is hilarious. So many big names now.

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        November 11, 2018 6:36 PM

        No I also don’t know who else could possibly be in it

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      November 11, 2018 11:40 AM

      Nice

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      November 11, 2018 1:42 PM

      Congrats to him. I used to mod in his IRC channel back in the day and ply ut2k3 with him. Nice guy. Put the work in and won cash hardcore.

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      November 11, 2018 4:01 PM

      hahahaha awesome!!!! the briefcase DELIVERED

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      November 11, 2018 4:45 PM

      TIL there is an Esports Hall of Fame.

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      November 11, 2018 5:18 PM

      Updated the article to include Fatal1ty’s speech.

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      November 11, 2018 7:20 PM

      Hell yeah. Awesome dude. Love him talking about the old days on the Shack E3 tournament.