2017 FIWC Grand Final Brings World to its Feet
The much anticipated Road to London came to an end as England’s Spencer “GORILLA” Ealing hoisted the 2017 FIFA Interactive World Cup trophy high into the air of Central Hall Westminster after the conclusion of his 7-3 win over Germany’s Kai “DETO” Wollin.
The 3 day long tournament, which took place in the heart of London brought together the world’s 32 best FIFA players to compete in the culminating event of the 2017 FIWC. Players made their way to the Grand Final by participating in one of three online seasons, or multiple live events held around the world.
The day before competition began players and media were treated to a welcome dinner in the beautiful Sky Loft of Millbank Tower. Laura Woods, and Chuboi took center stage as the hosts of the week to come and were later on joined by Spencer FC. Players were introduced to the media, and to everyone’s surprise there was a guest appearance by Chelsea FC star César Azpilicueta who presented each of the players with their personalized jersey, and took some time to test his FIFA skills against some of the world’s best.
Day one of the event boasted all players competing in groups of 8, fighting to be in the top 5 of their group to then continue to the next day. To many peoples’ surprise, multiple favorites were knocked out at the beginning. Top names such as Corentin “ROCKY” Chevrey and Tassal “TASS” Rushan never made it through to the second day of the tournament. However, day one also showed the world that players from the Americas are here to stay, as we saw multiple competitors surprise their opponents, and make it through to day two.
With 16 players remaining for the second day of competition, emotions were bound to fly as everyone now had their eyes set on making it through to the finals. The players were surrounded by media, coaches and friends every second of the day. Cheers were heard throughout the building and tears streamed down faces, showing the disappointment in so many. When the clocks ran out on day two of competition we got our first glimpse at the focused and determined final four.
The highlight of the week came from the final day of competition, which not only held the final showdown, but a media conference with players, a panel discussion featuring names such as Rudd Gullit and Director of Marketing Services at FIFA Jean-François Pathy, and a chance to play the not yet released EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18. Crowds stormed the building to be a part of the action, everyone wanting to be a part of a day sure to make history.
With tension growing high it was time for the second leg of each divisional final to be played. A tight match in the PlayStation 4 division brought the crowd jumping to its feet as Deto narrowly escaped a loss to Timo “TIMOX” Siep on a controversial off sides call by the referee. The Xbox One divisional final was more relaxed as Gorilla went into the second leg of competition with 6 goals under his belt. Although his competitor Florian “CODYDERFINISHER” Müller put up a fight scoring two goals, it was not close to enough to overthrow his dominant opponent.
As the final two made their way on to the prominent center stage, many were wondering if Deto had what it took to defeat the highly favored Gorilla. After the coin flip, done by Chelsea FC signee Alvaro Morata it was decided gameplay would begin with the PS4, where although Deto was able to grab 3 goals on his home console he also conceded 3 to his opponent. Tied going into the final leg it was hard for anyone to believe Gorilla wouldn’t be able to pull off a win using his home console in the last match. This theory proved to be true as the champion glided to an easy 4-0 victory on the Xbox One making him the newly named FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion.
The crowd screamed, confetti flew and the finalists were presented with their hefty awards. Rudd Gullit made his way on stage carrying the much-anticipated trophy, and to offer congratulations with Alvaro Morata, only minutes after Gorilla used Gullit in game to score a goal. The event boosted the FIFA scene like many have never seen before. Players, media and officials all said this was the biggest, most professional FIFA event ever organized, one for the books. Although an Englishman took home the crown, it is Germany who now outranks all other countries in the FIWC17 World Rankings list. Almost doubling the amount of points held by the second place country England. Three out of four finalists call Germany home, leaving the countries elite FIWC status untouched by all else.
The FIWC is taking off quickly, with over 7 million participants, and the prize money for the winner alone jumping from $20,000 in 2016 to $200,000 in 2017. Leaving everyone to realize there is a bright future for all FIWC players in the upcoming years.