Live from Zurich
2014 FIFA Interactive World Cup champion August Rosenmeier added another title to his growing list in Zurich today after beating Virtual Bundesliga Champion Mirza Jahic ahead of the Ballon d'Or ceremony this evening.
Rosenmeier played over 900 games before being crowned FIWC champion in Rio during the World Cup earlier this year, and beat off competition from two million online gamers to take the crown and the $20,000 prize.
The FIFA Interactive World Cup is the world's biggest online gaming tournament and is organised by by the game's governing body alongside EA Sports. The millions of online players were reduced down to a final 20 who battled out it out in Brazil, where Rosenmeier emerged victorious.
"I lost five times [along the way], but those were because of a connection drop out," the young Dane, who also plays semi-professional football for Danish second division side B 1908. "and I drew ten times, but the rest I won. I hate losing"
As part of his prize, the 18-year-old was also invited to attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or where he took on Mirza Jahic in the Battle of the Champions. Playing as his native Denmark, Rosenmeier fought to a 0-0 draw against Jahic and Germany before emerging victorious on penalties - and then it was on to face a more illustrious opponent, Italian World Cup winner Alessandro del Piero on stage at the press centre at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.
"It's unbelievable, I think I am still dreaming," he said on stage where the finalists for the Ballon d'Or will appear later today. "I hope to be up here one day [as a player]"
Next up for Rosenmeier is a trip to Munich where he will defend his crown against 19 of the best FIFA 15 players on the planet. "I don't want to give away my best advice because I have a big title to defend," he said when asked by Sky Sports pundit and host Alan McInally for his top tips. "But always keep on practising and never give up, that's my best advice."
For the talented young gamer is an evening rubbing shoulders with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer at the glittering Ballon d'Or ceremony awaits as the best player in the world is announced.
"Today will be the best day of my life," he says. And it all started by picking up a controller at home in Denmark,