The Dutch have just won bragging rights for making the strongest gamers in the world. Arthur van Kan, a 17-year old Dutchman over the weekend conquered the title of world champion Halo 2, according to the Dutch gaming website Gamez.nl (in Dutch - the official results aren't up yet).
The Dutch last year in October also swept the World Cyber Games in San Francisco, winning three gold medals and one bronze – out of seven games in which they competed.
Van Kan has gaming in his blood. Back then the won gold with Project Gotham Racing, a game he described as "lame" and "not challenging." The 1st price also made him $20,000, enough to quit he paper route, he told Xbox.com.
His first price for the Halo tournament, that was played online, got Van Kan a mere $1,500, a 50" plasma TV, a trophy featuring a gold Halo 2 disc.
The next time anybody tells you to get from behind your gaming console, tell them about the Dutch. They might be notorious for the drug policies, but seem to be doing all right with gaming. Just connect the dots and you can speculate how the two are related.
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