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International Part 1: Island

Here the Interview with f|Slay (23.02.2002) about the icelandic Quake scene

osiris: Hi Slay! Could you introduce yourself a bit to our readers?

Slay: Well, my name is Daniel Runarsson and I'm turning 18 next sunday (that's tomorrow!), I'm attending the Commercial college of Iceland. Been playing games for well, "all my life", and been involved in the online gaming scene for 3-4 years now. Started out in Quake 2, playing CTF and RocketArena2 with an Icelandic clan called "Clan Ice".
I started playing q3 as soon as the demo came out, and then few months later I joined clan "fallen", another Icelandic clan. We concentrate on dmtp, but have also top 1on1 players.

osiris: So what is the Icelandic Quake 3 scene like? Are there lots of clans and players or is it not very popular playing Quake 3 ?? Or are there even more Quake 2 than Quake 3 clans?

Slay: The Icelandic Quake scene is quite active, maybe not large considering maybe Sweden or Germany, but we have online leagues and quarterly held LAN tournaments.
There is also a fairly large and active Quake 2 scene, although it's 99% around ActionQuake2. For example, 20 teams signed up for this season in the online league (q3dmtp).

osiris: And what about sponsoring ? Are there a lot of clans and laegues being sponsored ?

Slay: There is no money involved yet, but some clans have come up with their own LAN places, with large internet connections. The league we run is sponsored by both Simnet, which is the main ISP here, they supply both match servers and GTV/HLTV servers, and also "Lan-Setrid"(Icelandic), which would be called something like "The Lan-Centre" in English. We hold the LAN finals at their very well equipped centre.

osiris: So e-sports and progaming have become known to the Icelandic public cause of that sponsoring ?

Slay: Yes, up to some point.

osiris: Does it appear in normal newspapers or in some tv channels, when some of these events take place ?

Slay: There have been advertisements in the national newspaper, from the event holders, and for example there was recently an interview with "Smegma", one of the Skjalfti organizers. Skjalfti is a quarterly held tournament, with over 500 attendees, and footage from that event was shown in a tv-program called "At" or "@", on the largest television station here in Iceland.

osiris: There are only some Icelandic clans playing in international tournaments; this year there is clan MurK participating in Eurocup 5; in Eurocup 4 there was no Icelandic clan, although the clans have good connections and the scene is quite active. Why aren't there more?

Slay: The only clans that have been competing in international tournaments are fallen and MurK, top tdm clans. MurK participated in Eurocup 3, but didn't receive an invitation to Eurocup 4. They have now been given a second chance to prove themselves, and I believe they will, as they have 3mbit connections to Europe now, at their own lan-place.
Also, fallen are competing in this season's open cup. We also have our own lan place with a 2mbit connection to Europe, so hopefully we can represent Iceland pretty well this time around, as last time MurK's ping wasn't very good.
The Icelandic national team is also competing in EuroCTF, and is doing very well;
they are tied for the 1st place in their group with one match to go, along with Denmark and Sweden, not bad.
Their next match is against Sweden, that match will decide what team gets the 2nd place in the group and advances to the playoffs with Denmark. Denmark has pretty much secured its spot, as the next match is against Norway, who have not been really strong this season.

osiris: Yes, that sounds good, so let's hope we see more Icelandic action in the international tournaments in the future.
Tell us something about the Icelandic tournament league, how many clans are participating in it ?

Slay: I founded the only online league we have here in Iceland, and I've been running it the last year along with Uncas from clan MurK. It started as a 3 team ctf cup, which was supposed to practice those 3 teams for an upcoming event. It then evolved into a 10 team dmtp league, with 18 rounds.
The first season was very successful, and now in the second season we have over 550 competitors signed up, 20 q3dmtp teams and 24 cs clans. We, as stated above, hold LAN Finals at a local lan centre, and give away prices acquired from sponsors.

osiris: Finally, anything left you want to say?

Slay: I'd like to use this opportunity, if i may, to thank a few ppl that have helped alot during this season, Scorpi and Smegma from clan murk, Sqare from Clan phd, Maxium from clan fallen and of course our programmer and hero, eight :) thx guys. With that said and done, I think I've talked about everything worth mentioning, thanks for your interest in the Icelandic
Community btw, Go Iceland in EuroCTF!!! :)

osiris: Thank you very much for the nice interview :)

Slay: Heh, no probs

Icelandic Quake Links:

The Online League

Clan fallen (under construction)
Clan MurK
Clan Ice
Clan phd
Clan Rush
(Most of the clan sites are offline due to the owners of recently sold their domain and the clan accounts haven't been setup again yet.)

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