After their 6-0 drubbing at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, QPR will be looking to gain revenge over local rivals Fulham in the Premier League this Saturday, and OTP can exclusively reveal that the battle for West London supremacy has already begun – on the virtual pitch.
Hoops striker Jay Bothroyd and Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu took each other on at EA Sports’ FIFA 12 on Sunday, and with Dereck Chisora and David Haye’s almighty barney the night before very much on the mind of everyone present, we’re pleased to report the match remained amicable.
The pair were among the spectators at Sony’s PlayStation Vita Rooms pop-up store on London’s Oxford Street for latest leg of live qualification for the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
The FIWC is the world’s largest online gaming tournament, organised by FIFA in association with EA Sports and PlayStation. From a talent pool of over 800,000 players worldwide, 18 of the UK’s top gamers assembled in London to compete for a place in the worldwide FIWC grand final.
After receiving a last minute wildcard entry, OTP found themselves in the tournament’s group of death, bowing out with a dismal record of four straight defeats and a goal difference of -13. While we skulked away, considering a France-style World Cup mutiny, Ty Walton and Adam Johnston progressed from the group and then found themselves facing each other again in the evening’s grand finale.
In an unlikely matchup between Real Madrid and, erm… Real Madrid, it was Walton who progressed to the FIWC World Final in Dubai this May, aiming to bag the top prize of $20,000 and an exclusive invitation to next year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The result between Bothroyd and Etuhu? A 1-1 draw. Etuhu blamed the result on going for individual glory and passing the ball to his virtual self a little too often, while Bothroyd was in awe of some of the FIWC competitors.
He said: “Some of the goals scored were incredible, I played against one lad who told me I should stick to my day job! Congratulations to Ty, 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.