The world's greatest players gather in the spiritual home of football.
The world's 20 best EA SPORTS FIFA 14 players have just returned from three days of intense competition at the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014 Grand Final in Rio de Janeiro where a new champion was crowned.
Denmark's August Rosenmeier overcame England's David Bytheway 3-1 in the final to claim the trophy, and with it, the title of the world's best player.
Already gripped by FIFA World Cup™ fever, Rio provided the perfect backdrop for the tournament. There were parallels, too, between the Grand Final and the FIFA World Cup™ itself, as defending champion Bruce Grannec exited the tournament in the group stage without winning a game – just as Spain had done a week or so before. Similarly, in a break from recent Grand Final tradition, three of the semi-finalists had no previous Grand Final experience.
Even more surprising was that two of the semi-finalists qualified through the Community Qualifier, a new system implemented for FIWC 2014 that rewarded the quality of games over the quantity played in an online season. The underdogs prospered, just as they had in FIFA World Cup™.
But ultimately, the experienced Dane was not to be denied. "It's amazing," August said before the final. "Last year I was out in the quarters. Now I'm in the semi-finals and maybe I can even win tomorrow." At the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain he did just that, and went on to receive the trophy from Brazil legend, Ronaldo. O Fenômeno – as he's known locally – congratulated him, going on to say, "It's great to see this beautiful tournament here during the World Cup."
Find out more about the FIWC and relive the action from the Grand Final here. The FIWC will return for 2015, so stay tuned for further updates and details of how you can get involved in the world's largest gaming tournament.
You can see how all the action unfolded in our tournament highlights round-up on YouTube.