FIFA kicks off the Electronic Football World Cup
The Russia 2018 World Cup is over and now it’s time for the FIFA Interactive World Cup, which began Thursday in London with an abundance of goals and multiple versions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi sporting their skills on the digital pitch.
The final of the championship pits 32 elite players against each other for three days after a qualification involving 20 million people from all over the world who, with the skill of their thumbs, will fight to win the trophy and a prize of $250,000.
Reigning champion Spencer Ealing, a 21-year-old Englishman who plays under the nickname “Gorilla”, has once again “defended what is mine”.
Germany has eight finishers and Argentina only one, but Nicolas “nicolas99fc” Villalba is one of the favorites to lift the trophy. The 18-year-old South American prefers to line up Ronaldo and Brazilians Neymar, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo Nazario over his compatriot Messi.
In the group stage, 16 competitors will compete in the FIFA 18 game on the Xbox One platform and 16 more will compete on the PlayStation4. Fans of the competition will be able to watch the matches from Saturday onwards at the O2 Arena in London.
The tournament has elements reminiscent of the real World Cup in Russia this year, such as the anti-doping urine tests among the participants and the monitoring of the betting markets for suspicious activity.
Alexander “Alekzandur” Garcia Betancourt, the only American in the final, said Adderall is the most frequently mentioned drug.
“It’s usually for people with ADHD, so if you don’t have that and abuse the medication, it’s very easy to take advantage,” he said, referring to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
“We follow the same WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standards as other athletes. We have to follow those rules, make sure we’re not taking anything we shouldn’t be taking,” he added.