Gamer who conquered Call of Dotcom
First take on Kim Dotcom, then take on the world.
That might as well be the mantra of 18-year-old Whangarei gamer Caleb Makiri, who defeated the Megaupload founder in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The battle for supremacy took place at New Zealand's first digital expo, Digital Nationz, held at Auckland's Vector Arena over the weekend.
As part of the event Dotcom agreed to spend all day on Sunday battling people off the street in Modern Warfare 3 - a game he was crowned champion of as the former world number one player.
The challenge was known as Kim Dotcom vs 100 and was played on two 55-inch LG TVs, known as OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode, which are unique for their speed and ultra thinness.
Makiri was the only one out of the 100 people to beat the Megaupload celebrity.
As well as bragging rights Caleb took home an LG 55-inch Cinema 3D Smart TV, LG 3D Blu-ray home entertainment system, Xbox One and $500 cash from the pocket of Dotcom.
The Raumanga resident practised for two weeks before the event getting in five hours of gaming time each night.
"I've had Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 since it came out on Xbox 360 and I played it all the way until Black Ops 2 was released. Hearing about this event I reverted back to Modern Warfare 3 and began my training."
Makiri said his weeks of hard work all paid off with his win over Megaracer - Dotcom's gaming handle.
"He is indeed a very good opponent to face, I just can't explain how awesome this feels to have beaten him."
Makiri now plans to challenge Dotcom for the first place title in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next game in the franchise, due for release November 5.
- Whangarei Leader