The FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is making a habit of shattering records. The 2010 edition of the FIWC saw the tournament acknowledged by the Guinness World Records - Gamer’s Edition as the biggest gaming tournament on earth. The 2011 tournament was no different and FIWC11 broke the previous year’s record with over 850,000 registered players.

And now, with three online seasons yet to be decided and a number of live qualification events still to be played, the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 has already set an incredible new world record. The FIWC has broken through the magic number. We now have one million registered players!

One million players, one beautiful game
Whether you compete in the FIWC to become the champion, to meet fellow virtual football enthusiasts or simply to hold up your country’s flag and do your best, every FIWC gamer has one thing in common: a desire to express their love of football by mastering the EA SPORTS™ FIFA series on the PlayStation®3!

Whether you live in Nepal, Namibia, or Vanuatu, the FIFA Interactive World Cup connects football fans from all parts of the world and all walks of life. We want to thank you, the players, for making the FIWC such a worldwide phenomenon and for breathing life into this tournament with every single game you play.

Time to play
FIWC12 is well underway, but you still have a number of opportunities to qualify for the Grand Final. The fourth online qualification season wraps up on 25 March and then it’s on to Online Season Five, which kicks off on 1 April. Season Six, the final online season for FIWC12, starts on 1 May. Prefer to try and qualify for the Grand Final in a live tournament environment? Visit our Live Qualification Events page to find information on all the live qualifiers taking place over the next few months.

The Grand Prize
The winner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 Grand Final will walk away with USD20,000 in prize money and a priceless invitation to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala. Watch our gala highlights videos featuring FIWC11 champion Francisco Cruz and FIWC10 winner Nenad Stojkovic to get a taste of what you could expect, should you win the coveted title. Just remember, you’ll have to beat a million gamers to get there!

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