A new season of the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is about to start with the participation of Australia
This year marks the sixth FIWC season, which kicks off today inside EA Sport FIFA 10. Players will be able to compete for their spot in the Grand Final at one of 10 FIWC Live Qualifier Events across the globe, taking place in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa and the UK, or by playing online.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, the online competition of the FIWC via PlayStation Network will be split into two seasons. Season one started with the launch of FIFA 10 on October 2nd and concludes on December 18th, 2009.
The 10 best players of season one from across the FIFA confederations will go through to the Grand Final, which will take place at Port Olympic in Barcelona on 1st May 2010. Players who didn’t make it during season one have another shot at their spot in the Grand Final in season two, which kicks off on 4 January 2010 and concludes on 31 March 2010.
Registration for participating in the online leg of the FIWC 10 tournament will take place directly inside the retail version of FIFA 10 on PS3 from 2 October across Europe and Asia and from 20 October in North America.
Alongside the 2009 FIWC champion, Bruce Grannec from France, the 31 finalists will compete to be crowned FIFA Interactive World Champion of the Year, rewarded with an invitation to the FIFA World Player Gala along with a US$20,000 cash prize. The runner up will receive US$5,000, while the player coming third will be awarded US$1,000.
“More than 500,000 players vied for a spot in the Grand Final at last year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup. This makes it the FIFA tournament with the most competitors,” says Chuck Blazer, member of the FIFA Executive Committee and patron of the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC). “The FIWC is becoming more and more popular among all age groups and the great thing is that everybody can participate. Players can face each other whenever they want and wherever they are – this is truly unique.”
EA Sports FIFA 10 for the PlayStation3 is powered with the first-ever true 360-degree dribbling system that gives players finer control of the ball, enabling them to find spaces between defenders that previously were not possible. Additionally the new Skilled Dribbling – an all new animation wrapping technology – provides great control.