- Kai 'DETO' Wollin is one of Germany's top FIFA gamers & now represents Manchester City
- One of the most experienced FIFA professionals, he finished third at 2012 Grand Final
- Runner-up at 2017 FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final
Just like his national team, Germany, Kai 'DETO' Wollin has been operating at the top level consistently for many years.
A native of Dusseldorf and an avid fan of Borussia Dortmund, Wollin is a mainstay in the competitive FIFA gaming landscape. He has also caught the eye of some of the biggest clubs involved in eSports, and recently signed for English giants Manchester City, whom he will now represent in PlayStation 4 FIFA events.
Since his competitive debut at a FIFA championship in 2006, the same year Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup™, Wollin has played his way to the top, and recently became a Playstation world champion.
In 2017, he found his way to the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final, only to lose out to England's GORILLA 7-3 on aggregate on the final.
"I felt like we had two balanced games," Wollin told FIFA.com. "I would say both games were pretty much 50-50. But I'm sad about the fact that I could have done better, and also if I had just a little bit more luck, I could have been world champion. But GORILLA is a great player, and he also deserved to win."
In the Grand Final, competitors play one leg with the Xbox and the other on Playstation. During the 2017 Grand Final, DETO and GORILLA played to a 3-3 draw in the first leg, on Wollin's preferred console, Playstation.
"I think it was ok that way. Gorilla had his own controller and that's what I should have done, too (bringing all of my controllers). But his is a bit similar to the Xbox, so it gave him a little advantage. The next time, I'll be prepared too.
"It is very important (playing with your own controller) because having a good feeling is everything in FIFA. If you're not used to a controller, you have a disadvantage of course, and that's why it's important."
Wollin, a PC gamer in the past, made his FIFA Interactive World Cup debut in 2012, where he eventually finished in third place, so he is well placed to talk about the growth of the eSports industry and the rise of competitive FIFA gaming, with over seven million competing in the lead-up to the 2017 Grand Final.
"I know many players who were not able to be on the top level these days," Wollin said. "But I love FIFA and I have talent and I work hard to be on top."
Will 'DETO' be able to replicate Germany's success on the pitch and finish as a world champion? "I would love to. It gets harder and harder every time, because more players are competing. But I will do my best like I do in every tournament."