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Worm Olympics
Worms Olympics 2009 screenshot
Worms Olympics 2009 screenshot
Creator: FatalFanatic & DarkOne
Date of launch: 20 December 2004
Link: http://www.wormolympics.com/

The Worm Olympics (WO) are a string of tournaments hosted in a short period of time. Although hosting tournaments was not a new idea, never before was there an event organised with such a high concentration of tournaments. Just as was the case in the original olympics, wormers could win medals for their tournaments, leading to personal, country and clan standings in the end.

Creation

The idea was originally FatalFanatic's, who asked DarkOne to help in realising the idea. In this event, anyone would be able to host their own tournaments. Any scheme was allowed, leaving room for unusual schemes to have tournaments hosted.

The first time they were hosted, there was no site made for it yet, so it was mainly organised through forums on BTP, CL2K and the Team17 forums. This first edition lasted for the christmas holidays and had a little over 20 tourneys hosted. In the end, M3ntal won most medals of all.

Due to popular demand, the Olympics were once again hosted in December 2005, this time lasting the entire months instead of just the last few weeks. This time around, FatalFanatic was able to make a nice site for the Olympics, making it much easier to organise. People could submit their tournaments to one location, instead of having the browse through forums. This was also the first edition where participants were asked to send in their replays, to be posted on the WO site itself. About half the games ended up being sent, which made for a nice collection of replays, even though it wasn't complete. The winner of this edition turned out to be ThePIT.

Since the second edition was even more successful than the first one, FatalFanatic and DarkOne decided to host the third edition of the WO in the summer of 2006. Lasting for 2 months, a total of 69 tournaments were hosted and in the end, Wyvern was victorious.

In the summer of 2007, attempts were made to host the fourth edition, but both FatalFanatic and DarkOne had other things going on, which resulted in a lack of a site. The resulting extra work simply cost too much time to effectively host the olympics. Despite efforts from BigBilly, who made a site to replace the actual olympics site, the fourth edition unfortunately never really got off the ground.

Newer editions

Worm Olympics 2008

WO2008 was held between June 28th and August 31st. Booking of the tournaments began on June 1st.

The first 2 weeks had a staggering number of 42 tourneys already, with this edition having had even more tourneys than the 2006 edition while being only halfway. At the start of August, there had been over 80 tournaments hosted and in the end, 179 tourneys were played, averaging 2.75 tourneys per day. Compared to WO2006, there were 2.6 times more tourneys hosted, with 50% more players — making WO2008 the most successful season so far.

The winner of this season was Random00, with Zogger taking the silver and Knight getting the bronze medal.

New features on the site include map previews for every replay sent in, as well as overall weapon statistics! To promote sending in replays, FFie and DarkOne decided to subtract 1 point in the standings for every missing replay. So far, it seems to have done the trick, since around 90% of the replays are now available for viewing!

Winter Worm Olympics 2008

WWO 2008 took place between December 20th and January 4th.

Within this 2 weeks period there were 51 tournaments hosted with a total of 250 people participating, having an average of more than 30 players per tournament.

The winners were Random00, DarkShadow, and SPW.

Worm Olympics 2009

WO2009 took place between June 27th and August 30th.

This version broke every previous record with a total of 276 tournaments hosted in 44 schemes, and almost 600 people participating. This averaged to about 27 people playing per tournament.

The winners this time were Titahemp, Random00, and Incog.

Winter Worm Olympics 2009

WWO2009 took place between December 19th and January 3rd.

Within this 2 weeks period there were 64 tournaments hosted (a new record for winter olympics) with a total of 289 participants(also new record for winter olympics), having an average of 25 people partipicating per tournament.

The winners were KinslayeR, Incog and OREL.

Worm Olympics 2010

WO2010 took place between July 24th and August 29th.

This version featured a total of 195 tournaments and 416 people participating. This averaged to about 24 people playing per tournament.

The winners this time were Random00, ArtiC, and Titahemp.

Winter Worm Olympics 2010

WWO2010 took place between December 18th and January 2nd.

Within this 2 weeks period there were 64 tournaments hosted (a tie for the winter olympics record) with a total of 256 participants, having an average of exactly 27 people partipicating per tournament.

The winners were Titahemp, Csongi and Shadow.

Worm Olympics 2011

WO2011 took place between August 1st and September 4th.

This version featured a total of 165 tournaments and 349 people participating. This averaged to about 21 people playing per tournament.

The winners this time were KitaR, Warg, and Incog.

Winter Worm Olympics 2011

WWO2011 took place between December 19th and January 1st.

Within this 2 weeks period there were 41 tournaments hosted with a total of 198 participants, having an average of about 20 people partipicating per tournament.

The winners were Incog, Csongi and RoladuraDoce.

Worm Olympics 2012

WO2012 took place between July 30th and August 26th.

This version featured a total of 147 tournaments and 289 people participating. This averaged to about 22 people playing per tournament.

The winners this time were Gabriel, Incog and Pyroman.

Winter Worm Olympics 2012

WWO2012 took place between December 22nd and January 6th.

Within this 2 weeks period there were 65 tournaments hosted (a new record for Winter Olympics) with a total of 195 participants, having an average of about 20 people partipicating per tournament.

The winners were HHC, Bry4n and OREL.

Worm Olympics 2013

WO2013 took place between July 27th and September 1st.

This version featured a total of 197 tournaments and 287 people participating. This averaged to about 17 people playing per tournament.

A new experimental scoring system was introduced alongside the existing one: medal points had a coefficient applied to them, which was higher or lower depending on the number of players (and thus, of the number of rounds needed to win them). In this edition, the old system was used for official standings, the new one being shown for comparison.

The winners this time were Incog, Lukz and Bry4n.

Worm Olympics 2014

WO2014 took place between August 4th and August 31st. There hasn't been any WWO2013.

This edition featured a total of 118 tournaments and 185 participants, with an average of 16 people playing per tournament.

The new scoring system experimented in the previous edition officially got applied to this 10th-anniversary version.

The winners this time were tita, Zwitter and Incog.

Winter Worm Olympics 2014

WWO2014 took place between January 31st, 2015 and February 15th, 2015. It is thus named in case WWO gets hosted in December again in the future.

This surprise 16th edition has seen a total of 67 tournaments hosted, with 137 players participating. This averaged to about 12 players per tournament.

The winners this time were Korydex, Zwitter and HHC.

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