It’s most lads’ dream to play at a World Cup, and that dream will soon be a reality for Luke Craft.
Craft, who is from Penzance in Cornwall, won’t be flying out to Russia, however.
He is instead one of the 32 players competing at the eWorld Cup Grand Final in London; the climax to the competitive FIFA 18 season.
Better known by his gamertag “Crafty95”, he has been one of this season’s surprise packages and qualified after a strong performance in the Global Series Playoffs in May.
“It’s a good feeling to make the eWorld Cup Grand Final,” Craft told GiveMeSport. “It was my aim to make one event this year so I’m just happy to be there.
“I’m hoping I can just play without any pressure and end up doing well.”
Crafty is one of three British FIFA players competing in London, who are all in the Xbox bracket of the competition.
He is joined in London by Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing, last year's Grand Final winner who represents the world famous Esports organisation FaZe, and Adam “dreamR” Barton, who represents fan favourites Hashtag United.
Unlike his countrymen and the majority of players at the Final, Crafty has competed all season and qualified as a free agent, without the backing of an Esports team or football club.
“I don’t think that being a free agent is any harder or easier for me, personally,” he explains. “Maybe there’s a bit less pressure, but equally the support from a team could also help.”
Crafty finds himself in Group B with some tough opposition, including the previously mentioned “Gorilla” and the winner of the Manchester FUT Champions Cup Aldossary "Msdossary7" Mossad of Saudi Arabia.
But Crafty’s tip for the title comes from the PS4 side of the competition.
“I think my favourite to win the event would have to be Gonzalo “nicolas99fc” Villalba,” he predicts.
The Argentinian, who represents football transfer site Transfermarkt, was the winner of the PS4 bracket at the Global Series Playoffs and therefore goes into the Final as the top PS4 seed.
Dark Horses Can Win
Despite the tough opposition, there’s certainly a chance a dark horse like Crafty could lift the trophy in London.
We’ve already seen some shock victories this year, most notably when the then unsigned 16-year old Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt won the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona in January, which also earned him a deal representing the F2 Freestylers.
So could he replicate the success of Gorilla last year and make sure that it is once again a Brit that is crowned the best FIFA player in the world?
Even if Harry Kane and co. can’t get their hands on the actual World Cup, it could be down to the likes of Crafty to make sure that digital football will be coming home instead.News Now - Sport News