Danish teen wins virtual World Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2014 at 8:33 am •  Published: July 4, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Danish teenager has claimed the virtual World Cup by beating his English rival in the final of the online Playstation gaming competition, overcoming a field of almost two million entrants.

While his nation did not make it to the real World Cup, 18-year-old August Rosenmeier did his bit for Danish pride by beating England's David Bytheway 3-1 on Thursday to win the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC).

The FIWC, played exclusively with EA Sports' FIFA 14 game and on a Sony PlayStation 3, has grown from 28,000 entrants in the inaugural tournament in 2004.

Rosenmeier, who said he "trains" four to six hours a day, won $20,000.

Far from the image of gamers being glued to screens in darkened rooms, Thursday's final had a glamorous setting, halfway up the Sugarloaf Mountain; one of Rio's most iconic tourist destinations.

Former players Dwight Yorke and Alan McInally were on hand as commentators, but the biggest attraction was former Brazil great Ronaldo, who gave the two finalists a pre-match pep talk.

Qualification for the final started back in October 13 for the first of six one-month long seasons played online, with competitors playing up to 900 12-minute games per season to accumulate as many points as possible. For those with less time on their hands, there was also a chance to progress based on the best winning percentage.

With the 2013 champion guaranteed a chance to defend his crown and the host nation given a slot, 20 gamers made it to Fluminese's home ground in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

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