2K Sports has announced that 24-year old Wade McGilberry (pictured above courtesy of CBS) threw the first perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10. The challenge was met by the man from Semmes, Alabama, and has been awarded the handsome sum of $1,000,000. Talk about a great payoff for playing a video game.
“It was actually my wife who convinced me to go for it,” said Wade McGilberry, winner of 2K Sports’ Perfect Game competition. “I never thought I’d actually win a million dollars playing a video game, it’s all still sinking in for me.” Wade threw a verified perfect game on the first day of the competition, a feat thought by many to be impossible. He went on to add, “The game itself was fantastic – I’m glad I bought it either way - but I have to say, this is a nice return on my investment.”
The contest began on March 2, 2010 at 12:01 PST and ended on May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PDT for Xbox 360 and PS3. To enter, players had to play in ‘MLB Today’ mode then choose the option to play in the ‘MLB 2K10 contest.’ There, players were given rules on how to submit an entry which was then reviewed by 2K Sports who partnered with Twin Galaxies International for their competitive gaming expertise. Through this whole process it was Wade McGilberry that came out on top winning the great prize.
“This competition was an amazing ride for us,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “We honestly had no idea what to expect. But the incredible response from the fans and the buzz surrounding the competition was nothing that we could have ever predicted. Throwing a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10 is anything but easy. We congratulate Wade on his successful pursuit of perfection.”