FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016: Mohamad Al-Bacha Wins in Final
Denmark’s Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned the new FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) Champion after beating Sean Allen of England in the Grand Final event at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City on Tuesday.
Over two million players from around the world took part in online qualification for the largest video gaming tournament in the world, but only 32 players made it to the finals.
It was Al-Bacha, 17, and Allen who progressed to the two-legged final, with one leg played on PlayStation 4 and one on Xbox One.
“To win the competition is beyond words for me. For the last few months I have really worked on my performance and was totally committed to playing the best I could here in New York. Being presented with the winner’s trophy by David Villa is amazing and I can’t quite believe this is reality yet,” said Al-Bacha.
After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Al-Bacha fought back from 3-1 down in the second leg to level at 5-5 and win on away goals.
He was presented with the trophy by World Cup winner and New York City FC captain David Villa and also received a cheque for $20,000 and an invitation to attend the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich.
The 2016 tournament was the 12th edition of the FIWC but the first that was played across two consoles. The FIWC is organized by FIFA and its main partner EA SPORTS. From the FIWC 2010, the competition appears recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest online gaming tournament in the world. As an official FIFA tournament, the FIWC gives football fans the chance to live their passion for football and interact with other fans around the globe.