Eki Wins Inaugural 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship in Las Vegas
Finnish-Native Erik Tammenpää Goes Undefeated and Takes Home $50,000 Grand Prize
Dominant from start to finish, European Champion Erik “Eki” Tammenpää completed his undefeated run with a two-game sweep of the Final to win the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship™ at Esports Arena Las Vegas.
After pulling out a tense 2-1 victory in Game 1, Eki pulled away from American runner-up David “JrPens91” Roebuck for a 7-3 triumph in Game 2 to capture the inaugural title, accept the championship trophy from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and take home the $50,000 first prize.
The 18-year-old from Espoo, Finland, breezed through the round-robin portion of the World Finals, going 5-0 to qualify for the best-of-three championship round. Eki also went undefeated in the European Regional, signing with Finnish eSports organization HelsinkiREDS shortly after qualifying for the World Finals.
Eki and his fellow gamers also will attend the 2018 NHL Awards™.
2018 NHL Gaming World Championship Final Standings
1. Erik “Eki” Tammenpää
2. David “JrPens91” Roebuck
3. John “JohnWayne90” Casagranda
4. Nicola “FoolX90” Bruna
5. Matthew “YungGren” Grenier
6. Arttu “Artuzio” Mustila