Spacestation Gaming has made a bold move by signing “Wumbotize” to represent it in Tetris 99.
Announced in the organization’s signature goofy style, a video was shared to reveal the news.
Wumbotize is widely regarded as one of the best players in Tetris, and that perception is only bolstered when he wins community events against other top players.
While Tetris isn’t a bona fide esport like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends, Spacestation Gaming evidently sees a future in the brand’s latest release, Tetris 99. It’s hard to ignore the popularity of events such as the Tetris World Championship, too.
“Tetris is a game that has survived decades of gaming evolution,” Spacestation Gaming co-owner Shawn Pellerin told Dot Esports. “It’s relatable for players of all ages and everyone has some sort of Tetris experience in their life. The 2018 Tetris World Championship this year brought a lot of attention on the competitive side of Tetris and it brought me to look into the scene and luckily finding Wumbotize’s stream. We feel like Tetris has a place in esports and are thankful to be one of the first organizations to support a player.”
Incorporating elements found in battle royale games, which is undoubtedly the most popular genre in recent times, Tetris 99 was released on Feb. 13 for those who play on the Nintendo Switch. No official competitive plans for the title have been revealed at this time—but, if it follows in the footsteps of other battle royales, it will have its own collection of competitions before long. Spacestation Gaming and Wumbotize will surely be prepared for this, if it comes to fruition.