FIFA eWorld Cup

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FIFA eWorld Cup
Tournament information
Sport FIFA eSports
Established2004
Number of
tournaments
12
Administrator(s) FIFA
Website www.fifa.com/fifaeworldcup/
Current champion
Flag of Germany.svg Mohammed Harkous (MoAuba)
Most recent tournament
2019 FIFA eWorld Cup

The FIFA eWorld Cup, formerly known as the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC), is an eSports tournament held by FIFA and its presenting partner EA Sports. Each tournament has players competing in games of the latest incarnation of the FIFA video game series. The open qualifying format allows millions to compete in the initial online stages, [1] which has resulted in the FIWC being recognized as the largest online eSports game by Guinness World Records. [2]

FIFA International governing body of association football

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The most recent champion is Mohammed "MoAuba" Harkous from Germany. Harkous is the first PS4 player to win the trophy since 2015. [1]

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History

Official logo template used for the FIFA Interactive World Cup between 2006 and 2013. 2006-2013 FIFA Interactive World Cup.jpg
Official logo template used for the FIFA Interactive World Cup between 2006 and 2013.

The inaugural FIWC took place in 2004 in Switzerland, over the years the tournament has grown significantly. In 2010, the FIWC first appeared in the Guinness World Records [2] - but it was not until 2013 that the competition saw the current record of more than 2.5 million players signing up.

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On October 1, 2015, the FIWC 16 kicked off, marking the 12th edition of the tournament. For the first time in the history of the competition Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players competed against each other. With the integration of the new consoles the number of participants increased significantly, compared to previous years when the FIWC was only available on PlayStation 3. 2.3 million players attempted to qualify for the Grand Final in New York City. On March 22, 2016, Mohamad Al-Bacha from Denmark won the FIWC title in the Apollo Theater, beating Sean Allen from England in the final match.

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In 2018, the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) was renamed to the FIFA eWorld Cup (FeWC). The 2018 Grand Finals was held between August 2, 2018 through August 4, 2018 in the O2 Arena in London, England. 32 finalists (16 on PlayStation 4 and 16 on Xbox One) competed in the group stage and round of 16 on August 2, 2018, with the second leg of the round of 16 and the quarterfinals taking place on August 3, 2018. The semifinals and final took place on August 4, 2018.

Results

Year [3] DatesHost [4] Winner (Gamer ID) [Console Bracket]Finalist (Gamer ID) [Console Bracket]Score
2004December 19 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zurich Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Carrico de Azevedo Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Matija Biljeskovic2–1
2005December 19 Flag of England.svg London Flag of England.svg Chris Bullard Flag of Hungary.svg Gábor Mokos5–2
2006December 9 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam Flag of the Netherlands.svg Andries Smit Flag of Austria.svg Wolfgang Meier6–4
2008May 24 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin Flag of Spain.svg Alfonso Ramos Flag of the United States.svg Michael Ribeiro3–1
2009May 2 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of France.svg Bruce Grannec Flag of Mexico.svg Ruben Morales Zerecero3–1
2010May 1 Flag of Serbia.svg Nenad Stojkovic Flag of Germany.svg Ayhan Altundag2–1
2011June 7–9 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of Portugal.svg Francisco Cruz Flag of Colombia.svg Javier Munoz (Janoz)4–1
2012May 21–23 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Dubai Flag of Spain.svg Alfonso Ramos Flag of France.svg Bruce Grannec0–0 (4–3. Penalty shoot-out)
2013May 6–8 Flag of Spain.svg Madrid Flag of France.svg Bruce Grannec Flag of Mexico.svg Andrei Torres Vivero1–0
2014July 2–3 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro Flag of Denmark.svg August Rosenmeier (Agge) Flag of England.svg David Bytheway (Davebtw)3–1
2015May 17–19 Flag of Germany.svg Munich Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Abdulaziz Alshehri (Mr D0ne) [PS4] Flag of France.svg Julien Dassonville [Xbox One]3–0
2016March 20–22 Flag of the United States.svg New York City Flag of Denmark.svg Mohamad Al-Bacha (Bacha) [Xbox One] [5] Flag of England.svg Sean Allen (Dragonn) [PS4]2–2, 3–3 (5–5 agg. Al-Bacha won on away goals)
2017August 16–18 Flag of England.svg London Flag of England.svg Spencer Ealing (Gorilla) [Xbox One] Flag of Germany.svg Kai Wollin (Deto) [PS4]3–3, 4–0 (7–3 agg.)
2018August 2–3 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Mosaad Aldossary (Msdossary) [Xbox One] Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Stefano Pinna (StefanoPinna) [PS4]2–0, 2–0 (4–0 agg.)
2019August 2-4 Flag of Germany.svg Mohammed Harkous (MoAuba) [PS4] Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Mosaad Aldossary (Msdossary) [Xbox One]1–1, 2–1 (3–2 agg.)

Format

Online qualification

The FeWC online qualification takes place on PlayStation and Xbox Networks, and can be accessed through the latest version of EA Sports FIFA on Xbox One and PS4. The players qualify via the console playoffs where the top 16 players make it through to the eWorld Cup finals. Players can also qualify for the FeWC by competing in one of the FIFA Global Series tournaments throughout the season, with the top 16 at the last event automatically qualifying for the FeWC.

Grand Finals

32 players compete at the Grand Finals of the FeWC. The participants are divided into four groups (two for each console) with the top 16 players moving on to the knockout stage. While Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals and Semi-finals are played on one console (Xbox One or PS4), the Final is a two-leg match with one game on each console. The Grand Final is a multi-day event with draw and competition being broken up into three days. The winner is crowned in a live show at the end of the event.

World ranking

In 2016, the FIFA Interactive World Cup World Ranking was introduced to help seed the players in the tournament according to their previous results. The ranking takes into account both the qualification phase for the current edition and previous FIWC Grand Finals.

Prize fund

FIWC 15 winner Abdulaziz Alshehri Abdulaziz Alshehri - 2015 FIFA eSports World Champion, 2018.jpg
FIWC 15 winner Abdulaziz Alshehri

The FeWC 2018 champion received $250,000 in prize money and a ticket to the Best FIFA Awards where he has the chance to meet the greatest of the real football world. FIWC 2015 Champion Abdulaziz Alshehri from Saudi Arabia was able to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi among many others, while 2016 champion Mohammad Al-Bacha talked it up with Marcelo Vieira and Manuel Neuer.

The runner-up of the 2018 FeWC Grand Final receives $50,000 in prize money.

Broadcast

The FeWC Grand Finals is streamed live on YouTube and Twitch. For the first time, the Final Showdown of the FIWC16 was also broadcast on TV. The broadcast was shown in more than 100 countries around the world. Fox Sports 1 showed the Final live in the United States. The show was moderated by host Kay Murray. Former US footballer Alexi Lalas and Spencer Carmichael-Brown (Spencer FC) analyzed the matches, Leigh Smith and John Strong commentated the games. The trophy was handed over by former Spanish International David Villa.

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