The NYC $400,000 FIFA Challenge Series took place this last Saturday, April 28. It was a packed house that day with 3 tournament games taking place. The 3 games were Madden 12, NHL 12, and FIFA 12. The prize pool of all combined games was $1 Million dollars. There was a $400,000 prize pool for FIFA, and winning just one game guaranteed you $800. 1st place won $167,000, 2nd place $40,000, and 3rd and 4th place getting $10,000. The rest of the money was spreaded out accordingly to the top 128 players out of 256 total participants in the FIFA event. The winner of the event was Adam Winster from England, defeating Bryan Moeyaert from Belgium.
My thoughts about the tournament are as follows:
1. Let's start off with the pros for the event: Firstly. the tournament was virbrant throughout the whole day, and was nothing short of entertaining. Music lasted throughout the whole tourney from start too finish with a live appearance from Jadakiss at the end of the event having a real energetic and entertaining atmosphere throughout. Also, there were free NOS energy drinks being handed out during the event. The place was huge, but not huge enough for 3 tournaments, but nonetheless, a very nice place. Lastly as I've said before the entertainment was very good and the host did a good job of interacting the players and the crowd on stage.
2. On to the cons: First off, It was supposed to be a single elimination event, but after the first round they offered a raffle to get most of the first round losers back into the tournament, I thought that was a major flaw and downside to this event. Also each game every round had a wait time of 3 hours per round, which caused fatigue and rustiness in between games and it was very hard to keep a distinct rhythm throughout. But this was because of the 3 tournaments being all played on one day, which leads me to another complaint of the event. There wasnt much room on each floor in the building and was very overcrowded with people and at times it was hard to walk, once again because of having 3 tournaments being played at the same time, and in the future I think they should 1 tournament per day to fix this issue along with the enormous wait time between games. I also think the tournament was held for too long (8am-11pm) and as I have said before split the tournaments into one day each instead of cramming it all into one day. Lastly, I thought the tournament was a little disorganized, but once again, it was because of the amount of people and it being their first annual Challenge Series, I don't want want to knock them too hard for it.
My performance at the event could have been better. I expected to win the event, but whoever has played FIFA, know that sometimes it just doesn't go your way. Nonetheless I finished top 32 out of 256 and came a couple rounds short of the big time final.
All in all, I enjoyed the event and the entertaining atmosphere. Although it had some flaws, you can't really fault them since it is their first run with the Challenge Series. I hope I can better represent vVv next time by winning the whole event, and I will do my best to achieve that and make you guys proud. Lastly, I want to thank Virgingaming for the oppurtunity to compete and am looking forward to competing again next year..