Creation and Timeline of 125 FPS
March / April 2012
On March 29th the league is created with the following format: Daily cups to qualify for the monthly finals with small prize money. On April 2nd, the Daily Cup #1 is won by Russian player strongest (he won the 5 first daily cups). The admins were Yavich, Nico, rell and xron.
Yavich: So, it all started at the beginning of 2012. Back then, the 125fps.com website already existed as a CIS portal about FPS games, and I wanted to organize tournaments on its behalf. At this time, I already had an idea for what kind of tournament it should be: daily cups, fully automatic, with minimal participation from the admins (since nobody want to spend several hours running cups every day). Ideally, at the end of the tournament, the winner would be rewarded with some money or some 125fps.com points/internal currency. Alas, I did not know any programmers, nor have the required money for the implementation of all this on my website, I had to look for third-party options. The closest thing with the proper features was Challonge.com, so it was decided to hold tournaments there.A few more words about the odd and random format of the Daily Cups:
The hardest part remained: to find a sponsor)) One of my friends (I do not even remember who) already told me about Nico, who then provided financial assistance to some local prospective player. After talking with Nico, he agreed to help with the prize, but did not express much enthusiasm. But in the course of the matter, he got so involved that he began to deal more and more with the organization itself.
A few words about the choice of the format of daily tournaments: the Quakelive scene was still quite alive, major tournaments were held, and on Sundays there were Zotac cups. The top players had good cups for them, while the other quakers had a hard time. They could only compete in the first rounds of the Zotac cups. I wanted to support the local second tier scene, and the tournament would be considered only as an alternative to simple practice on public servers. Therefore, the prize was initially planned to be very small, so it wouldn’t attract the top players. But, unexpectedly for us, after a few tournaments, a few top players like evil, agent and others began to play our tournaments regularly. Although it was slightly out of the picture, we had of course, nothing against this))
Yavich: During the first daily cups, I had constant discussion with the participants about the format of the tournament. It was, of course, very strange and unusual. Firstly, all games were bo1. Secondly, the seeds were completely random. And thirdly, the map was chosen by the high seed. Many didn't understand why we did this. The answer was obvious: in addition to reduce the duration of the cup, one of the most important task for me was to increase the randomness, however strange it sounded. Quake has always been a game that depends only on the skill, and with this exceptionally good quality, in my opinion, there is one reason for its declining popularity. Remember the Zotac cups? It was enough to look at the list of the participants to be sure of who will win. (The same problem now happens in Sunday Cups, which are always won by evil or agent; excepted one cup in October last year, it's easy to guess agent and evil didn't participate.) Therefore, for a greater variety, even for the lower-skilled scene, such tricks were introduced. Most of them had to be abandoned, when the daily cups began to be stuffed with top players.
February / March 2013
The league changed for a new format: Qualifiers and first group stage (bo1), second group stage (top players and bo3), play-offs. The new format and February 2013 league announcement was the first 125 FPS news to reach ESReality’s front page.
After the new format came another news about improved cash prize: a new sponsor, Alexey A from Moscow region, offered to donate 31,500 RUB every month.
The March 2013 league, with the improved cash prize, attracted a lot of European top players. The 125 FPS leagues became popular all across Europe.
Yavich: After a while, the number of participants began to decrease. Many times we didn’t even have 8 players, which was considered the minimum for the tournament. It was time to change something. At the same time, Zotac and other similar tournaments had already ceased activity, so we decided to hold tournaments more vividly. I've always liked the unusual multi-stage league format, and I did not want a simple system like 8 groups of 4 players followed by playoffs. Therefore, we created a system with qualifications and 2 group stages. The first stage was inspired by the daily cups: without top players (we put them into the 2nd group stage), and with bo1 matches.
Just at this time, Alexey A reached out to us, he increased the cash prize by almost 10 times, which allowed us to invite all the top players of the continent.
A new event appeared: Showmatch. The first show-match planned was agent against strenx in a bo7 match. However, agent wasn’t able to play and was replaced by evil. Players were rewarded 15 USD for a map win.
A new kind of cup with prize money appeared to try new (Sinister, Delirium, Fuse, Hektik) and old maps (Almost Lost, Use and Abuse, House of Decay). They were similar to the old daily cups: one day duration and bo1 matches. Also, from the summer, more and more show-matches were played with top players ( cYpheR, ash, av3k, k1llsen, matr0x, STING, FraZe, Cooller, fazz, Spart1e).
More and more thematic cups with cash prize were organized (Q3 Gods, Polsta Cups, Cool / Oldschool / Fast Maps cups). Until November 2014, at the exception of the July PreQCon 2014 league, the format remained the same. Then the leagues changed from one month to two months for a more relaxed schedule. For this new format, Alexey A donated 50,000 RUB every two months.
Shortly after the new format was released, the Amateur (div2) league was announced for the players who failed in the qualifications or during the first group stage. The Amateur was also open for all players under 2200 ELO and 300 duels played. The Amateur league had 3 seasons before it was stopped because of no-shows.
20 March 2015
A new cup with prize money appeared: the Sunday Cup! This first edition is won by baSe. The cups are funded by donations while the pro leagues were still funded by Alexey A’s donations.
Starting with season 26, the donors have a chance to win a lottery and decide the 7th map in the map pool. The 10th show-match, fazz against k1llsen, and the second One Map Cups on Hektik are the last thematic cups organized. The Sunday Cups quickly became the standard one-day cup in 2015.
Clash of the titans: a show-match example.
Season #28 Jan-Feb 2016
Once again, the league evolved with a new format to keep the players motivated. Starting with the 21st Sunday Cup, the season are still played over 2 months, but only consists of Sunday Cups (rewarded with cash prize and points). The 8 players with most points after 7-8 cups are qualified for the Season Finals (played on the last Sunday of the season). The inspiration directly comes from the FACEIT cups.
Alexey A stops his donations after giving away more than 1,000,000 RUB (~28,800 USD) to the league.
02 Apr 2017
The 74th Sunday Cups is taking place on the same day as the 5th anniversary of the 125 FPS!
All this great work couldn't exist without the work of the 125 FPS staff team:
- Nico (main admin)
- Retired staff: yavich, rell, darkra
125 FPS Stats
There are a lot of statistics on the 125fps.com website. There you can find a list of the players, the tournaments and even the maps for each season.
After 34 seasons finals, the most noticeable players in 125 FPS are as following:
- evil won 18 Finals and a total of 13,965 USD (666,209 RUB)
- Cypher won 9 Finals and a total of 8,611 USD (332,575 RUB)
- agent won 3 Finals and a total of 3,189 USD (175,835 RUB)
- strenx, k1llsen, Cooller and baSe won 1 Final.
From the map statistics, the leagues has favored 7 maps by far. Here are the number of appearance for each map in the league's 34 seasons:
- Furious heights (33)
- Sinister / Cure (29)
- Bloodrun (24)
- Lost World (23)
- Silence (22)
- Aerowalk (20)
- Toxicity / Battleforged (13)
- Hektik / Campgrounds (7)
- Vertical Vengeance / Delirium / Dismemberment / Elder (4)
- Fuse / House of Decay (1)
Starting in 2015, Nico has been releasing the details of all the donations. Of course, the league couldn't get all its cash-prize without the donors. So here is a mere compilation of the top20 donors to put in the light a part of those who contributed since 2015. The list is not exhaustive of course, and note that 23,974 RUB came from anonymous people.
- AlexeyA (550,000 RUB)
- Cristopher (66,592 RUB)
- Johannes (41,531 RUB)
- renk (28,500 RUB)
- LordSoth (28,281 RUB)
- omek (27,672 RUB)
- quetz (17,873 RUB)
- Kirill (16,218 RUB)
- gSTRUCTOR ( (9,989 RUB)
- Lu (8,925 RUB)
- nthreem (8,908 RUB)
- xou (8,470 RUB)
- jens (7,489 RUB)
- ilovecpma (7,000 RUB)
- Robert (6,713 RUB)
- AsphyxEvents (6,523 RUB)
- Markus (6,086 RUB)
- bastian blum (6,042 RUB)
- tushar (5,672 RUB)
- fur*q (5,376 RUB)