GameSpot recently held a poll battle between Link and Gordon Freeman, as part of its “All Time Greatest Video Game Hero” tournament. The battle was extremely close, and the two remained within 0.5% of each other the entire match.

That is, until the creators of Gordon Freeman, Valve Corporation, stepped in on the last day, alerting their entire fan-base about the contest and telling them to vote for Gordon. This flooded the polls with 40000+ sudden votes and demolished Link’s chances for good.

Gordon has now moved on to the final match of the tournament, where he is facing off against Mario.