The FIFA Interactive World Cup 2013 is only three seasons in and it's already eclipsing previous editions’ records. Over 1.6 million participants have registered for the 2013 edition, making it the most popular edition in FIWC history, and we aren't even at the halfway point yet!

The FIWC is a unique online virtual tournament, uniting football and gaming fans from across the globe. Since the first tournament in 2004, the FIWC has crowned a variety of champions from different parts of the world. The pressure has risen since FIWC 2004. With more participants than ever before, winning the tournament has become more difficult than ever. For the 2013 Grand Final - which will be held in Madrid - we already have five confirmed seats: defending champion Alfonso Ramos (Spain), Edizon Quiroga (Colombia), Dani Cordera (Spain), Marc Arisa (Spain) and Daniel Rodriguez (Colombia).

Tournament milestones
The maiden FIWC tournament (2004) gave players from across the world the chance to compete against one another to determine the world’s best virtual footballer. With a Grand Final staged at the home of FIFA in Zurich, the tournament was a huge success. The annual tournament grew steadily year on year, and in 2009 the FIWC crossed an important milestone: half a million competitors. The 2010 edition marked the sixth year of the tournament and the sixth year a champion was crowned from a different country. With 775,000 gamers, FIWC 2010 was official recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest gaming tournament on earth.

Explosion of interest in 2012
FIWC 2012 shattered all previous records and expectations. The tournament exploded past the massive one-million competitors mark; the Dubai Grand Final was the first to ever be streamed live online and, finally, it was the first FIWC to see two former champions in the Final, ensuring that the winner would be the first player to ever be crowned champion for a second time. The Final was decided on penalties and the world tuned in to watch it live online.

What’s next?
The 2013 edition has seen some exciting format changes to live qualification along with the introduction of additional prizes for each online season. Every online season, all our gamers are given the chance to win an incredible prize – previous prizes include trips to The FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala and Manchester City. With the inclusion of a live stream feature for live event qualifiers, fans will be able to follow all the qualification action as over 1.6 million players continue to battle it out for a seat in Madrid at the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2013 Grand Final!