What happened at Break the Record LIVE? - Dexerto

What happened at Break the Record LIVE?

Published: 24/Jul/2020 20:17 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 11:56

by Jacob Hale


The fastest Doom Eternal speedrunners around took part in Break the Record: LIVE on 26 July – a speedrunning competition in which the goal was to set a new world record time for beating iD’s shooter with no major glitches. 

Break the Record: LIVE is the latest flagship speedrunning event from European Speedrunners Assembly in collaboration with cybersecurity company Kaspersky. American speedrunner xiae won with a new world record time of 1:08:52, picking up a cool $3,350.


It was an exciting day of speedrunning action, as five competitors set personal bests while xiae set the highest standard by breaking the world record (and their own personal record by two minutes). Catch up on all the action below.

Final leaderboard

1. xiae – 01:08:52


2. bowsr – 01:09:26

3. BloodShot9001 – 01:10:51

4. ShiningFace – 01:11:55


5. visconic – 01:12:27

6. Rampancy – 01:12:28

7. xamide – 01:14:26


Watch Break the Record: LIVE again

Break the Record: LIVE took place on Sunday, July 26, with qualified runners able to attempt as many runs as possible between 10 AM CEST (1 AM PST / 4 AM EST / 9 AM BST) and 1 AM CEST (July 27) to achieve their fastest glitchless time. Runners had to start their last run before 10 PM CEST for it to count, giving all competitors 12 hours to establish the day’s top score and break the world record.

You can rewatch all the action on ESA Marathon’s Twitch channel — which we’ve embedded below:


The prize pool

As with all major esports events, the prize pool was shared amongst the best players on the day. ESA’s prize pool was originally $5k, but Kaspersky boosted the total by $3k so it finished at $8k. The fastest runner received a bonus $750, bringing the total for first prize to $3,350. As a perk for participation, all competitors received a cut of the total prize money.

  • 1st: xiae, $3,350
  • 2nd: bowsr, $2,000
  • 3rd: BloodShot9001, $1,000
  • 4th: ShiningFace, $750
  • 5th: visconic, $500
  • 6th: Rampancy, $250
  • 7th: xamide, $250

Kaspersky also offered a $2.5k sponsorship to the world record holder at the time of qualification cut-offs. Going into the event, the speedrunner bowsr was the Kaspersky Flag Carrier – so they left the event with a whopping $4,500 total.

The American player originally earned this accolade with a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds and 630ms, a strong performance until xiae cracked through.

Raising money for charity

As with previous ESA Marathon events, Break the Record: LIVE is raising money for charity, with proceeds going to the Swedish Alzheimer Foundation. Last summer’s event – which saw players set fast times in games such as Super Mario 64, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Dark Souls, and Tony Hawk’s Underground – helped raise $85,945.


Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.


Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

Link on Hyrule Temple
Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.


As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
YouTube/David R
Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.


If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.