Jeff Willms Wins Donkey Kong World Championship for the Second Year Running

Sounds like it was a barrel load of fun

Jeff Willms proved that he still has the touch when it comes to the arcade classic Donkey Kong after he took home the grand prize for the second year in a row at the Kong Off 3 Donkey Kong world championship this past weekend.

Competing in the tournament against Willms were 22 renowned Donkey Kong players, including Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters fame. Over the course of the three-day event, Willms sealed the deal by scoring 1,096,200 points, beating his closest competitor by a comfortable 29,100 points. Willms holds the fourth-highest Donkey Kong score ever achieved, while the world record of 1,138,600 is currently held by Dr Hank Chien, who placed third overall in last weekend's competition.

The Kong Off 3 is the third annual Donkey Kong world championship to have taken place and saw players battling it out for a $4,500 prize. The final ranking and high score of each competitor can be viewed below:

1. Jeff Willms - 1,096,200
2. Ross Benziger - 1,067,100
3. Hank Chien - 1,056,900
4. Steve Wiltshire - 1,053,200
5. Steve Wiebe - 1,048,800
6. Dean Saglio - 1,033,000
7. David McCrary - 1,032,000
8. Mike Groesbeck - 1,020,700
9. Kyle Goewert - 1,006,500
10. Vincent Lemay - 989,700
11. Corey Chambers - 893,300
12. Jonathan McCourt - 891,200
13. Eric Tessler - 883,300
14. Robbie Lakeman - 840,300
15. Jeff Wolfe - 809,200
16. Ben Falls - 736,800
17. Ethan Daniels - 711,400
18. Aaron Rounsaville - 703,600
19. Daniel Desjardans - 702,500
20. Daniel Dock - 680,000
21. Shaun Boyd - 639,300
22. Billy Mitchell - 598,800

[via polygon.com, thekongoff.com]