Danish teen beats British rival to win PlayStation World Cup

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 9:23pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 9:23pm


A Danish teenager has claimed the virtual World Cup by beating his British rival in the final of the online PlayStation gaming competition, overcoming a field of almost two million entrants.

While his nation did not make it to the real World Cup, 18-year-old August Rosenmeier did his bit for Danish pride by beating Britain's David Bytheway 3-1 on Thursday to win the Fifa Interactive World Cup (FIWC).

The FIWC, which is played exclusively with EA Sports' FIFA 14 game and on a Sony PlayStation 3, has grown from 28,000 entrants in the inaugural tournament in 2004 to a huge online field in 2014.

Rosenmeier claimed a US$20,000 first prize for his dedication, saying he "trains" for four to six hours per day.

Far from the image of gamers being glued to screens in darkened rooms, Thursday's final had a glamorous setting, halfway up the Sugarloaf Mountain, a famous Rio tourist destination.

Former players Dwight Yorke and Alan McInally were on hand as commentators, but the biggest attraction was former Brazil great Ronaldo, who gave the two finalists a pre-match pep talk.

Online glory may be rewarding, but Rosenmeier still hopes to make it in the real thing.

"If I am honest, I prefer real football," said Rosenmeier, who plays for a local club in Denmark.

"I am ambitious and I hope I can take some of my mental strengths here into the real game. Maybe if I am really lucky it will be me saying hello to the winner of FIWC 2015."