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Premier League stars play at FIFA Interactive World Cup qualifying

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By Bryan Waters

Tuesday 21 February 2012

QPR striker Jay Bothroyd and Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu were in attendance for the latest leg of live qualification for the FIFA Interactive World Cup. The event was held in London’s bustling Oxford Street and 18 contestants from all over the UK competed in the race to be crowned FIWC 12 champion.

The FIWC is the world’s largest online gaming tournament and gives football fans the chance to compete against each other on FIFA 12. Organised by FIFA and in association with EA Sports and PlayStation, 800,000 players have registered around the world and FIFA 12 boasts Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique as one of its biggest fans.

Ty Walton, the 2011 Grand Finalist from Birmingham, emerged victorious in a closely fought match with Irishman Adam Johnson and secured his seat at May’s Grand Final. The winner of the tournament in May earns the prestigious prize of an invite to the FIFA Ballon D’Or and a $20,000 prize.

Walton said: “I was delighted to be back again challenging for the Qualifier event here in London, so knowing that I’ve secured a place at the Grand Final is a dream come true. My experience at the 2011 Grand Final in Los Angeles was unbelievable so hopefully I can go back and win the tournament outright this year. The competition tonight was really strong as expected, but I managed to pull a few tricks out of the bag.”

Bothroyd was in attendance and impressed with some of the performers at the FIWC, noting that one particular fan who he played told him to stick to professional football.

The England international said: “The FIWC is a fantastic way for football fans from all walks of life to come together and showcase their FIFA 12 skills. The competition was fierce and some of the goals scored were incredible. Congratulations to Ty Walton; I’ll be making sure I stay away from him online!”

Dickson Etuhu and Jay Bothroyd attended the UK final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup on EA SPORTS’ FIFA 12, which was won by Ty Walton. Players can still compete online through their PLAYSTATION 3. For more information, visit www.fifa.com/fiwc

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