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Posted on September 6, 2010, 7:43 pm

Although it is one of the most recognizable and most popular games to date, in the past several years there have been no major Tetris multiplayer tournaments. This is unacceptable in a game that has millions of players worldwide and is still a top seller for over 20 years. Almost every platform and console has some version of it, so the problem comes straight from the top - The Tetris Company.

We want a better future for competitive Tetris, and are tired of being brushed aside by the creators of the game we love.

What needs to be done:

  1. Tournaments, any at all. Tetris is on just about every console, and there's PC/Mac versions as well. The latest one was played on NES tetris, a game over 20 years old, and still became a success. More recent versions have a ton more players but aren't given the chance.
  2. Unbanning of Korea and Japan from Tetris Friends to allow for unrestricted worldwide netplay.
  3. More balanced and less laggy gameplay when it comes to Tetris Friends: ,
  4. Talk to us! Gain feedback and then use it to improve the game rather than ask us what we want and then disappear.
  5. Be a part of competitive gaming. Try to contact organizations like Major League Gaming or World Cyber Games and try to work something out with them so that the vision of Tetris as an esport could one day come to life. Even if you fail, the community will know you tried.
  6. Leave fan games alone! We're fans of your game! Improve your game and we would gladly switch over, or better yet host a tournament and we'll be busy on your game practicing for the event.
There are several ways to show your support and disapproval of Tetris's current competitive scene, which would be nonexistent if it wasn't for the fan communities and Japanese/Korean Tetris communities.

Please join the Competitive Tetris revolution by changing your Tetris Friend's status message to "TTC doesn't care about competitive players". Our goal is to gain enough players to send a message to the Tetris Company and Tetris Online Inc. that we won't be ignored anymore.

You can also sign this petition which I will personally e-mail to Henk Rogers (and Alexey Pajitnov if I can find his e-mail):

You can also join the facebook group:

As a community which truly cares about Tetris, both the casual and the competitive side, we are frustrated that The Tetris Company doesn't share the same passion.

Comment by chopin on November 11, 2010, 12:39 am
I feel like we didn't really accomplish anything... Something big was going to happen then TTC backed out and that was it.
Comment by poopmo on September 7, 2010, 7:45 pm
When do we start taking hostages?
Comment by jemm_4 on September 7, 2010, 4:23 pm
Comment by otakuzak on September 7, 2010, 2:16 am
Partial response to step #2: South Korea has banning of games that are not currently rated by their government. To get something rated costs money, so unless South Korea changes their laws part of the plan is SOL. As for Japan I do not know their laws or why it's banned so I can't post my view point in that area.
Comment by Wojtek on September 6, 2010, 10:42 pm
more ways to support this (digg, reddit, facebook, ...):
Comment by Maii04 on September 6, 2010, 9:39 pm
all of the leaderboards should be filled
Comment by Kitaru on September 6, 2010, 9:21 pm
@larry: Honestly, the fact that a pausing exploit exists in Survival is pretty laughable and part of me doesn't care at this point if people use it. Survival is just poorly thought out in general... I've been thinking of sitting around one day when I have free time and doing a stream where I listen to music and complain about how much of a pain Survival is while I try to sit out the hour and a half it would take to reclaim first. :G
Comment by chopin on September 6, 2010, 9:11 pm
Petition signed. I think this article reflects how we all feel as a whole. I'm sure that there are other players in foreign countries dying for worldwide competition. Edit: You can also put your Tetris Friends status as "The Tetris Company doesn't care about the players." I have mine like this and I think it sounds better. Cheers.
Comment by azn_papirus on September 6, 2010, 8:47 pm
Someone start a facebook group?
Comment by larrytetris on September 6, 2010, 8:38 pm
@Chris: Getting ten 700k+ scores on survival will take centuries. Though not in the spirit of the game, fumening would be faster.

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