Rock-Paper-Scissors, or RPS for short, is a game that has been enjoyed by people around the world for generations. However, few know that it has evolved into an intense and competitive sport. The World RPS Society was formed in 2002, and has since held tournaments, world championships, and even created a code of rulings that are followed during games.
Each year, the World RPS Championship takes place in Toronto, Canada. The tournament is fierce, with players from around the world competing for the title of World RPS Champion. The tournament is divided into three divisions: the Open Division, the Women’s Division, and the Doubles Division.
The Open Division is the most prestigious and challenging, attracting players from around the world who have dedicated their lives to the sport of RPS. The competition begins with a round-robin format, where each player plays against each other. The top 16 players move on to the knockout rounds, where they compete in a single-elimination format until there is only one winner.
In the Women’s Division, only female players are allowed to compete. Though the competition may not be as intense as the Open Division, the players are equally dedicated to the sport and take it just as seriously. The format is the same as the Open Division, with a round-robin followed by single-elimination rounds.
The Doubles Division is a unique twist on the game, where two players team up to play against another pair. The rules are the same as the Open Division, but with the added excitement of teams strategizing and working together.
Players to watch out for in this year’s championship include the defending champion, Ando “The Rock” Kazutoshi from Japan, who has won the Open Division twice in a row. He will be competing against the 2015 champion, Tim Conrad from the USA, and other notable players such as Canadian champion, Dean “The Machine” Aubin, and British champion, Oli “The Stone” Thompson.
In the Women’s Division, defending champion, Laura “The Scizzor” Monroe from the USA, will face off against the 2016 champion, Lisa “The Lizard” Lin from Canada. Other players to watch include reigning European champion, Katya “The Kat” Kulik from Russia, and the Japanese champion, Akiko “The Scissors” Yamada.
The Doubles Division features defending champions, Cheryl “The Fury” Brooks and Rick “The Stick” Vale from Canada, who will go up against the Japanese duo of Kazuki and Hiroyuki “The Twins” Uchida, as well as the USA team of Andrew “The Paper” Bergman and Sam “The Spock” Kass.
The World RPS Championship is a thrilling event for those who love the game of RPS and its competitive side. It may seem simple on the surface, but the strategy, mind games, and quick reflexes it requires make it a true sport. So whether you’re a casual player or a seasoned pro, the World RPS Championship is a must-see event.