Now that was epic. More than 100 players from across the Seattle tech community battled it out last night in the GeekWire ping-pong and foosball tournaments during our big summer bash at the Showbox SODO, showing off their shots in front of a crowd of more than 500 people.
The night concluded with some hard-fought championship ping-pong matches, with players competing for bragging rights in the community and prizes from our sponsors.
In the expert bracket, Valeri Kim of Akvelon prevailed over Kei Wakabayashi of Healthentic, the “Pride of Northgate,” to take home the trophy. Kim’s path to the championship included a first-round trouncing of GeekWire’s John Cook, who did his best McEnroe impersonation in an attempt to distract his opponent, to no avail.
In the intermediate ping-pong bracket, it was See Sing Lau of WhitePages winning out over Sam Polak of BrandVerity in an extremely close match. And in the foosball tournament, Placed‘s George Varghese and Christy Loftus prevailed over 15 other teams to walk away with the title.
We had a great slate of prizes throughout the night, not only for the three tournaments but for the Golden Ping-Pong Ball hunt, the Geek Pride Awards (given to the people who showed the most spirit for their companies) and the GeekBall competition, our combination of pool and soccer on an oversized table.
Prizes included a $1,000 gift certificate for Turnstone furniture, an array of Kobo e-readers, an Xbox 360 Star Wars package, box seats to the Seattle Sounders and even a pair of tickets to an upcoming KISS concert.
Thanks to our event sponsors Kobo, Filter, Barokas PR, Gist, Korrio, Tableau Software, Turnstone, Waggener Edstrom, Exsilio Solutions, ThePlatform, Zipwhip, SEOmoz, PayScale, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, VitaminT, SEOmoz, PayScale and Christensen O’Connor Johnson & Kindness for making the event possible.
Congrats to our winners and a big thanks to all of you who joined us for the event and competed in the tournaments. Stay tuned for more scenes from the night, and continue reading for the completed brackets from each tournament.