Dubai greets Grand Finalists
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After six online seasons and eleven live qualification events held all over the world, the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 reaches its apex this week with the Grand Final event. For the next three days, 24 of the world’s elite EA SPORTS™ FIFA 12 gamers will compete for the interactive world title in the beautiful city of Dubai.

The excitement was palpable in the lobby of the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah hotel this morning as the Grand Finalists arrived one after the next. Many were meeting one another for the first time, while others have become good friends during previous editions of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. Some players have traveled from Central and South America, others from Europe, Asia and Oceania. All 24 players are here, however, with a single purpose in mind: to win the FIWC12 title and with it, USD 20,000 in prize money and a trip to the next FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala.

Dubai draws interest
2010 champion Nenad Stojkovic, who is attending the FIWC12 Grand Final as a guest commentator, spoke to FIFA.com shortly after arriving. “I think every year the FIWC is just getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “I think the destination was a huge draw for a lot of gamers who definitely wanted to qualify so they could get to visit Dubai. I think it's different; it's not your typical European or American destination like an L.A. or Barcelona. Los Angeles was amazing, but with Dubai, the experience will be out of the ordinary.

I think the destination was a huge draw for a lot of gamers who definitely wanted to qualify so they could get to visit Dubai... Los Angeles was amazing, but with Dubai, the experience will be out of the ordinary.
Former FIWC champion Nenad Stojkovic

Live streaming for Grand Final
The FIWC12 Grand Final Live Stream for the opening day begins at 14:30 GMT. Join us for the live draw, which will decide the composition of the four groups, followed by the opening matches. T.V personality Charlotte Jackson and former champion Nenad Stojkovic will be hosting the opening day's events. Our dedicated Grand Final Live Stream will make sure you don’t miss any of the excitement and drama from the first day of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2012 Grand Final!

Win a signed jersey
For all you virtual football fans at home, don’t forget about today’s FIWC Twitter contest. We will be giving away a jersey signed by official FIWC coach Arsene Wenger. All you have to do to stand a chance of winning is pay attention to our tweets during the FIWC12 Grand Final Live Stream and be prepared to answer a trivia question about the FIFA Interactive World Cup.

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