Almost seven months ago, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter received the official certificate from Nenad Stojkovic acknowledging the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010 as the largest computer games tournament in the world. The 2010 champion was one of 775,000 participants who helped the FIFA Interactive World Cup secure its place in the Guinness World Records 2011 – Gamer's Edition.
The next edition of the tournament proved even more popular. Countless gamers registered for the start of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011, initiating an epic battle to reach this year's Grand Final in Los Angeles. From seasoned campaigners to absolute beginners, players from all over the world joined the competition, expressing their passion for football on EA SPORTS™ FIFA 11.
By the end of the qualification phase, consisting of six online seasons and ten live qualifier events held worldwide, the number of participants had reached a staggering 869,543. This astonishing total smashed the previous year's record and left Gaz Deaves, Editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, hugely impressed: "The Guinness World Records – Gamer's Edition is packed with extraordinary feats from the field of computer gaming, and we're proud to count the FIWC among them."
Ralph Straus, Head of Strategy and Brand Management at FIFA, was similarly enthused: "We're thrilled to have broken our own record and we hope to continue the trend next year!" FIFA and its presenting partners EA SPORTS™ and Sony PlayStation® expect this historical milestone for the FIFA Interactive World Cup to encourage even more players to take part in the largest computer games tournament on earth. After all, as this year's champion Francisco Cruz from Portugal put it: "The FIFA Interactive World Cup is simply magical."