Tetris champion Jonas Neubauer has died

Jonas Neubauer, a seven-time winner of the Vintage Tetris Global Championship and standard Twitch streamer, has died on the age of 39. In line with messages posted to his Twitter profile and Discord, he died of “a unexpected scientific emergency” on January five.

As Neubauer as soon as advised Tetris.com, he first were given into Tetris after enjoying it on his uncle’s Macintosh on the age of six or seven. “The simplicity of it intrigued me and I additionally loved the truth that I used to be in opposition to the sport itself and no longer some other participant”, he mentioned. “My older brothers had been nice at Chess and I by no means favored enjoying them.”

Neubauer competed in and received the primary Vintage Tetris Global Championship in 2010, and returned to win once more in 2011, 2012, and 2013 prior to hanging 2nd in 2014. He got here again to win 3 extra occasions in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and likewise set two international data in 2018 for best possible rating, and quickest time to 300,000 issues. 

The Vintage Tetris Global Championship web page described him as “an absolute pillar of positivity and humility”, and you’ll see that on show on this pictures following his loss within the 2018 grand ultimate to 16-year-old newcomer Joseph Saelee.

Neubauer streamed a few of his observe fits on Twitch to over 25,000 fans, in addition to different video games—from makes an attempt to overcome his non-public easiest in Hades to are living video games of Dungeons & Dragons performed across the desk. His ultimate add displays him enjoying TETR.IO, a unfastened Tetris fan sport, along with his spouse Heather Ito beside him, chatting to his many fanatics.

Tributes to Neubauer have come from far and wide the web, with Tetris grandmaster Tomohiro Tatejima describing “deep grief for this massive loss” and Spelunky dressmaker Derek Yu announcing, “The sport and its fanatics could not have requested for a greater champion.”

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