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EA SPORTS Challenge Series Wrap-up

We’ve finally woken up from our post-event coma—an event that took the festivities deep into the night.

And technically speaking, the early morning as well.

More than 900 gamers crashed Terminal 5 in New York City last Saturday night during the EA SPORTS Challenge Series for a chance to win a share of $1 million in cash.

After 18 hours of some of the most intense and impressive gaming, the three-part, single-elimination tournament that featured Madden NFL 12, FIFA Soccer 12, and NHL 12 crowned its three champions.

The final one coming at 3:30am NYC time.

Let’s start with FIFA Soccer 12 where the final four players all played with Real Madrid. Apparently they have some decent player on the team named Ronaldo. Ever heard of him?

Here are the results:

Semifinals (1):

Bryann, Brugge, Belgium VS EliboyDenCorreia, Elizabeth, NJ


Final Score: Real Madrid 2, Real Madrid 1


Semifinals (2):

Adam W, Preston, England VS Tyler Soap, Mexico City, Mexico


Final Score: Real Madrid 1, Real Madrid 0



Bryann VS AdamW

Final Score: Real Madrid 2, Real Madrid 1


First place cash prize winnings: $167,000

As expected, the soccer matches produced low-scoring, highly-executed games that were true to the sport. The three NHL 12 finales on the other hand were a bit higher scoring.


Here are the results:


Semifinals (1):

grasso101, Revere, MA  Tyler VS Das Yeem, Pittsburgh, PA.


Final Score: Bruins 5, Red Wings 3


Semifinals (2):

one - - shot-, Willow Grove, PA VS Name unavailable.


Final Score: Avalanche 5, Canucks 4



grasso101 VS one - - shot-,

Final Score: Bruins 5, Avalanche 4


First place cash prize winnings: $70,000

Finally, we have Madden NFL 12 whose elite players not only showcased their mad playing skills, but a bit of endurance as well as its tourney lasted the full 18 hours. Like FIFA Soccer, the four finalists all preferred to play as the same team. Whatever works best, right?


Here are the results:

Semifinals (1):

SirusTheVirus54, Louisville, KY VS Dragonzrus, Minneapolis, MN


Final Score: Green Bay 35, Green Bay 31


Semifinals (2):

fratstar, Toronto, ON VS kingtut122090, Columbus, OH



Final Score: Green Bay 47, Green Bay 46



SirusTheVirus54 VS fratstar

Final Score: Green Bay 33, Green Bay 24


First place cash prize winnings: $140,000

The fun and excitement that was the EA SPORTS Challenge ended a week-long slew of festivities in New York City. The party began last Tuesday as NCAA Football hosted its Draft Night Premiere Party at Manhattan’s Lavo nightclub, an event highlighted by appearances from Robert Griffin III and Barry Sanders, the co-cover athletes for NCAA Football 13. The madness continued one day later in the streets of New York when Madden NFL 13 revealed its new cover athlete, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, with its Times Square megaevent live on ESPN SportsNation.

As for the EA SPORTS Challenge Series championship, sure, it was tournament,and the best of the best put their playing skills on display against their peers, but the party vibe was definitely in the air throughout the four story gaming palace in Manhattan.

As players were advancing, getting eliminated, fighting down to the wire, and scoring last minute goals or touchdowns, a trio of DJs dropped the hottest beats as the day-night-morning moved along. Once the NHL 12 and FIFA Soccer 12 tourneys had concluded, the (non-gaming) highlight of the event came when hip-hop artists Jadakiss and Just Blaze stormed the stage and busted out an entertaining 45-miniute set—all while the Madden boys were still going at it on the virtual gridiron.

Talk about concentration.

In the end, it was  an extremely entertaining and action-packed event—one that featured $1 million in cash prizes, the best down-to-the-wire games one could ever want to find in one place, and a lot of fun side stories and happenings. And if you haven’t had you fill, you can check out the running dialogfrom last week’s event.

As always, game on!