Gamers play for World Cup seats

Local video game enthusiasts have the chance to show their skills in the CONCACAF Interactive competition, which will pay big dividends to the best gamer from the region. 

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has launched CONCACAF Interactive, a competition in which sports fans and gamers from across the region will compete for the title of CONCACAF Interactive Champion. 

The winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to be guests at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final 2014 this summer in Rio de Janeiro. This latest addition to the CONCACAF Interactive brand comes on the heels of the positive response and popularity of the CONCACAF Interactive Gold Cup 2012. The grand finale identifies top gamers and brings them together at the world’s stage, set to be disputed alongside the most-followed sporting event on the planet – the FIFA World Cup. 

“We are pleased to introduce yet another CONCACAF interactive initiative designed for fans around our region,” said CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz. “Coming off the successful CONCACAF Interactive Gold Cup, we understand that the video gaming sector presents a new and interesting opportunity for fans in our region to gain even closer access to the sport we all love.” 

Fans from all CONCACAF member associations will have the opportunity to represent their country and play for the chance to be crowned CONCACAF Interactive Champion. The six finalists emerging from the online qualifiers will compete against each other in the hexagonal final to crown the Confederation Champion. 

Eligible fans from around the globe will be able to participate, as long as they have legal ties to the CONCACAF countries they would like to represent. This online tournament will be held through FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Season 6 (March 1-April 1) via EA Sports TM FIFA14 on the Sony PlayStation 3 console. 

“The Cayman Islands Football Association encourages gamers of all ages and skill levels to participate,” said association first vice president Bruce Blake. “This competition gives participants an opportunity of a lifetime to test their gaming skills, show their dedication for the beautiful game and win a chance to fulfill the dream of watching a World Cup final live.” 

Blake encouraged local gamers to “dust off their systems for a month and show the world that Cayman can compete at the highest.” 

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12. Spain is the defending world champion. 

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Spain is the defending champion behind talents like Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Alvaro Arbeloa. – PHOTO: AP
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