Saudi teenager wins FIFA eWorld Cup final and $250,000
The eWorld Cup is coming home to Saudi Arabia, after teenager Mosaad al-Dossary on Saturday won the computer-console version of the FIFA football tournament, the Arab News reported.
The Saudi, 18, battled it out against Belgium’s Stefano Pinna to clinch the $250,000 prize in the contest held at the O2 in London.
More than 20 million gamers had vied for spots in the annual eWorld Cup, with 32 making it to the finals. Dossary, who competes as "MSDossary," saw off adversary Pinna 4-0 on aggregate in the two-legged final.
He also collected an invitation to the world soccer body's Best FIFA Football awards in September and a gleaming new trophy, Reuters said.
"I'm really proud that I made my country proud," said the Saudi after winning each leg 2-0 on PlayStation and Xbox consoles while a frustrated Pinna failed to find a way through on goal.
"This is my second event in the UK and second win so I think this is my second home. I hope every year I am the champion again," said the teenager, who had a cousin sitting with him as coach.
Regarded as one of the best defensive players, Dossary also won the FUT Spring Cup in Manchester on his way to the 32-player finals.
"It was difficult for me, especially on the Xbox side," said 20-year-old Pinna, who recently signed for PSV Eindhoven's esports side. "On the Playstation side I didn't score my chances and he did well.
"He didn't let me play my game style because of his pressure. His defence is amazing."
The final was live streamed around the world on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and FIFA's own platform.