The FIFA President had the pleasure of welcoming a special guest to the Home of FIFA this week when Nenad Stojkovic, FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion 2010, joined Joseph S. Blatter to celebrate the tournament’s entry into the Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition.
The FIFA Interactive World Cup is now officially the largest gaming tournament in the world, with 775,000 competitors taking part in the 2010 edition of the event. This event climaxed in Barcelona in May 2010 when Nenad was crowned champion after defeating all challengers at the Grand Final.
“The FIFA Interactive World Cup is of great importance to FIFA’s portfolio of events,” said Mr Blatter. “The tournament gives us the opportunity to engage with a wider target audience through a platform which is of high relevance to the next generations of football fans”.
These words were echoed by the Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, Gaz Deaves, who congratulated FIFA and its Partners EA SPORTS and Playstation, saying: “The strength of the FIFA Interactive World Cup is a hugely impressive achievement and its 775,000 participants are a testament not only to the popularity of sports videogames but also to the incredible effort it takes to organise the biggest gaming tournament in the world. We are pleased to award this record to FIFA and look forward to seeing it broken in 2011.”
This year’s edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup now promises to be larger than ever, breaking its own record for the number of competitors. The tournament has a new format this year, with six online seasons making the event more accessible than ever. For general information on the event click on the 'It's FIFA Interactive World Cup time!' link located to the right of this article.
FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion Nenad has also committed himself to helping to improve the skills of fellow players all over the world. Every Friday a selection of Nenad’s favourite tips and tricks will be hosted on the FIFA Interactive World Cup section of fifa.com, which can be accessed via the link on the right.