A packed out crowd at the FIFA World
Football Museum watched intently as reigning FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) champion Mohamad Al-Bacha defeated VFL
Wolfsburg’s four-time German champion Benedikt Saltzor in the first ever live game of FIFA 17 within Germany, Austria and
Switzerland. Anticipation has been building across the globe in recent months as the release date for the latest edition of EA
SPORTS FIFA gets closer and closer.
Eager FIFA fans packed into the FIFA Museum’s Sportsbar 1904 to
get an exclusive early look at the unreleased video game on Monday 26 September 2016. The exciting event, which was open to
the public, also saw the official launch announcement for FIWC 17 – complete with a new format, new prize money and a host of
new features. Now in its 13th edition, the final stages of the biggest international gaming competition will be hosted in
EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 will officially be released in North America on Tuesday 27
September, and across the rest of the world at midnight on 29 September. But the FIFA World Football Museum had ten consoles
loaded with the new game for members of the public to play after they watched Al-Bacha, playing as France, defeat Saltzor,
playing as Germany, 1-0 thanks to second half goal from defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
really is amazing – it’s much more difficult that the old one though so you need to be more skilled rather than lucky,
which is a good thing,” Mohamad Al-Bacha told FIFA Museum.
“It was a wonderful experience for
me to play in front of these spectators and on these giant screens at the FIFA Museum’s sportsbar. It’s something
that I don’t get to experience every day and it was even more special because we were here in the home of football
history.’ Said the reigning world champion.
“I would love to see the exhibition here and my
dream is to meet my idol Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s very aggressive on the pitch and his playing style is similar to mine
on the console – at least I like to think so!” Added Al Bacha.
More than 2.3 million players
took part in the 2016 edition of the FIFA Interactive World Cup but only 32 players qualified for the showpiece event held in
New York City from 20 to 22 March. Denmark’s Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned champion after beating Sean Allen of England in the
Final. Back in Zurich and as the final whistle sounded on the event at FIFA Museum, a happy crowd of fans enjoyed their first
taste of the new FIFA 17 video game so much that many stayed behind – with some even getting the chance to test
themselves against the likes of Al-Bacha and Saltzor.