Quake III Arena Esports

Quake III Arena

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$1,197,552.96 From 114 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
1999-09-09 to

Quake III Arena (also known as Quake 3; abbreviated as Q3A or Q3), is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game released on December 2, 1999. The game was developed by id Software and featured music composed by Sonic Mayhem and Front Line Assembly. Quake III Arena is the third in the series and differs from previous games by excluding a traditional single-player element and focusing on multi-player action. Notable features of Quake 3 include the minimalist design, lacking rarely used items and features, the extensive customizability of player settings such as field of view, texture detail and enemy model, and advanced movement features such as strafe-jumping, rocket-jumping and plasma-climbing.

Quake III Arena's multiplayer-focused development led to it developing a large community of competitive players and like its predecessors it was used extensively in professional tournaments. In competitive Quake III Arena there are two distinct gameplays, often referred to as 'rulesets', the out-of-the-box Quake III Arena game, also known as vanilla Quake 3 (VQ3), and the CPM ruleset of the Challenge Pro Mode Arena mod. Using CRT monitors of the time, the game is played at 125fps. The best Quake III Arena players mastered the advanced movement features to quickly traverse the map, kept track of multiple item respawn times in their head, and tracked their opponent constantly without being able to see them.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.United States ZeRo4John Hill$148,250.00
2.United States Fatal1tyJohnathan Wendel$116,896.97
3.United States czmPaul Nelson$62,250.00
4.Sweden LakermaNOskar Ljungström$46,767.01
5.Russian Federation LeXeRAlex Nesterov$35,787.86
6.Russian Federation CoollerAnton Singov$34,040.82
7.Sweden foxMagnus Olsson$23,149.64
8.China JiboFan, Zhibo$21,902.69
9.Russian Federation uNkindAlexey Smaev$21,700.00
10.Belarus CypherAlexei Yanushevsky$21,186.79
11.United States MakaveliVictor Cuadra$20,300.00
12.Sweden Z4muZAlexander Ihrfors$18,781.67
13.United States wombatMark Larsen$17,100.00
14.United States MissyJamie Pereyda$15,000.00
15.United States DalerSean Price$13,200.00
16.Sweden DOOMerTomi Kärnä$13,145.00
17.United States raphaShane Hendrixson$12,250.00
18.United Kingdom TimberIan Holder$11,600.00
19.Sweden blueHenrik Björk$10,927.50
20.Germany k1llsenMarcel Paul$10,800.00
21.United Kingdom BlokeyChris Hoare$10,796.80
22.Spain AkilesAlvaro Romero$10,300.00
23.United Kingdom HakeemAmir Haleem$10,200.00
24.United States C3Timothy Cowan$10,070.00
25.Canada Ms.XAlana Reid$10,000.00

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$17,812.031.49%


» Counter-Strike-$12,398,507.70
» StarCraft: Brood War-$6,351,236.34
» WarCraft III-$5,075,929.37
» Counter-Strike: Source-$1,915,669.33
» Halo 3-$1,120,526.44
» Halo 2-$429,209.51
» Painkiller+$182,552.96
» Quake Live+$512,698.84
» Quake 4+$633,097.39
» Halo: Combat Evolved+$898,271.96

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.United States United States$537,675.91
2.Sweden Sweden$167,432.12
3.Russian Federation Russian Federation$162,121.52
4.United Kingdom United Kingdom$44,669.46
5.Germany Germany$34,888.92
6.Canada Canada$30,870.00
7.France France$27,960.44
8.China China$27,127.90
9.Belarus Belarus$27,104.38
10.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$13,975.30

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United Kingdom 2GDJames HardingCommentator
United States djWHEATMarcus GrahamCommentator
United Kingdom ReDeYePaul ChalonerCommentator