While all eyes in the gaming community focus on next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), game lovers are amped for another reason: the winner of GSN and WorldWinner’s 2009 W3Games Solitaire Rush Tournament was announced. An early favorite to take the World Champion title, Boersma5 (aka Amy from East Lansing, Michigan), won it all due to her expert skill level and immense support from the WorldWinner player community. She did not disappoint, winning $30,000, the largest slice of the tournament’s $100,000 cash prize, and the growing respect of fellow WorldWinner competitors.
The 2009 W3Games kicked off a virtual spectator sport for the WorldWinner community. In the first tournament of the 2009 W3Games championship series, fellow players had the opportunity to watch the bracket pairings as the final rounds unfolded, participating in the competitive spirit and rooting for their favorite players even after their own elimination. A top scorer in Solitaire Rush, Amy took it upon herself to help her fellow cash gamers excel at the game she already knew best, by recording a video of herself playing so others could learn and, ultimately, succeed. As a result, she had a massive fan base as she closed in on the win.
“One of my favorite things about this first tournament was that everyone could enter, and a few unexpected players popped up and proved how their skills rivaled those of the finalists. You really never know when you’re going to surprise yourself and show that you are a champion,” said Amy. “I want to thank all of my WorldWinner friends for their support, and I encourage more people to enter the tournaments – you really can win big!”
After cruising through the qualifying round in second place, Amy went on to win all five “best of three” remaining bracket rounds. She thought she had it in the bag, but her final match was surprisingly close. Despite the heated competition, Amy took the first entry by one point and the second entry by 14 points, securing her position as the Solitaire Rush World Champion.
The 2009 W3Games are a year-long series of online game tournaments featuring four marquee titles – Solitaire Rush, Bejeweled 2, Wheel of Fortune and Big Money – each with a $100,000 prize pool. Powered by WorldWinner, a GSN-affiliated site and provider of online game competitions, the tournaments are designed to find the World’s best casual gamers.
With the excitement of the Solitaire Rush tournament still lingering, WorldWinner players are now practicing hard to vie for the crown in the next W3Games marquee tournament – Bejeweled 2, starting April 27.