After three days of intense drama and excitement, the FIFA eWorld Cup™ Champion has been crowned, with Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary taking home the title following a 4-0 aggregate victory over Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna at The O2 in London.
Following a journey involving more than 20 million participants taking part in the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, ‘Msdossary’ from Saudi Arabia overcame ‘StefanoPinna’ from Belgium in a clinical performance that saw two of the world’s top competitive FIFA gamers go head-to-head in The Final Showdown.
Having already secured a 2-0 victory in the first leg, ‘Msdossary’ showed his class and finished off the tie with a masterful tactical display in the second leg, which resulted in a repeat 2-0 victory.
In front of a live audience at The O2 in London, the Final Showdown provided a dramatic end to an exciting three days of competition. The 32 Grand Finalists, from 19 countries, battled it out for the US$250,000 top prize and an exclusive invitation to The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in London on 24th September 2018.
Speaking about becoming FIFA eWorld Cup™ Champion, Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary said:
“This win makes up for all the hard work and dedication me and my team have put into this. It is fantastic to see competitive FIFA gaming grow, but this is nothing I could have ever imagined. Winning the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final and becoming World Champion is a dream come true for me, my friends, family and supporters. To get the opportunity to win in front of a live audience this big is absolutely unbelievable. I am truly lost for words in this moment.”
As the pinnacle event of the year for competitive FIFA gaming, the FIFA eWorld Cup™ Grand Final was the culmination of the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series – a new format introduced this year that included international online and live events around the world. The 32 Grand Finalists qualified through the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs held between the 28 May - 3 June, all with the hopes of being named the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Champion and taking home the top prize.
Speaking about the tournament, Jean-Francois Pathy, FIFA Director of Marketing Services, said:
“The FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018 provided an outstanding opportunity to drive forward the professionalization of competitive FIFA gaming.
“This year’s landmark event has experienced advanced levels of growth and has played a key role in engaging new players, fans and audiences on both digital and traditional platforms. As the wider ecosystem continues to develop, FIFA gaming is playing a key role in encouraging more young people and the wider public around the world to play football- either virtually or in person.
“I would like to thank all our partners for their support, particularly EA SPORTS, who play a significant role in the success and further development of football through competitive FIFA gaming.”
Todd Sitrin, General Manager and Senior Vice President Competitive Gaming Division at EA SPORTS adds: “The truly global nature of the Global Series, in combination with our inclusive approach to making competitive gaming accessible to all players, has moved from strength to strength this season. We are seeing the enormous potential of competitive FIFA coming to life, and we are extremely excited about continuing this momentum next season.”