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Football fanatics all over the world can once again compete for the crown and win a cash prize of $20,000 US dollars as FIFA, EA, and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe launches the new season of the FIFA Interactive World Cup.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is the official FIFA sanctioned global football gaming competition, where participants from around the world compete using EA Sports FIFA 08 on the PlayStation 3. The FIWC launches with a new format, designed as a season-long experience mirroring the real world of football, the company says.

Registration opens today at www.fifa.com/fiwc and kicks off in early October 2007. Players can either compete at one of more than 20 physical FIWC 08 Qualifier Events across the globe, or online via the PlayStation Network in over 25 countries. Finalists will then compete to be crowned FIFA Interactive World Player 2008 and win a cash prize of USD $20,000.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Simon Rutter said, “To be associated with the world’s leading games publisher, EA, and one of the most respected organizations in the world, FIFA, is very exciting for us. With the added realism that PS3 brings to FIFA 08, we have every belief that now is the time to truly make an impact with the FIFA Interactive World Cup, We’re looking forward to PS3 fans helping to make the tournament every bit as iconic for gamers as the real FIFA World Cup is for football fans.”

 

EA’s Senior Director for Sports Marketing, Matt Bilbey said, “The FIFA Interactive World Cup has become a firm fixture in the diaries of many football fans and gamers around the world and we’ll be there to bring them a season full of great competition with FIFA 08 on the PlayStation 3. With FIFA 08, EA Sports is delivering the sensations of being on the real FIFA World Cup football pitch, so football gamers in every geography better start practicing!”

FIFA Executive-Member, Chuck Blazer said, “The FIFA Interactive World Cup is an excellent platform to introduce gamers to the football community. This year the show continues with the 4th edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup which enables people to enjoy football on a unique playing field. With the extended event period matching the European league system, we have made yet another big step towards establishing the FIFA Interactive World Cup as the world’s leading football gaming competition just like the FIFA World Cup is for real football.”

According to EA, the FIFA 08 for the PlayStation 3 will create a football experience that matches the complexity, finesse and beauty of the real-world game. FIFA 08 features a new, organic building-block system that enables players to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars or define their own style of play.

In addition, FIFA 08 features a next-generation ball-striking engine that re-creates the drama and unpredictable nature of shooting, the award-winning Interactive Leagues online gameplay and the inclusion of 620 licensed teams, 30 leagues, and more than 15,000 players.

See: http://www.FIFA.com/FIWC

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