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2K Sports Awards Alabama Man $1,000,000 for Perfection

First person to throw verified perfect game in Major League Baseball® 2K10 revealed

New York, NY - May 5, 2010 - 2K Sports announced today that 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama has won an unprecedented cash prize in the amount of $1,000,000 by being the first person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball® 2K10, the latest iteration of the popular Major League Baseball® 2K series. The special contest, which was available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft through the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network* and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system through the PlayStation®Network*, illustrated 2K Sports' dedication to delivering vastly improved gameplay and pitching mechanics this season in Major League Baseball 2K10.

"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."

"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."

Fans were able to participate in the $1,000,000 Major League Baseball 2K10 contest beginning on March 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM PST. The competition ended on May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT. To compete, gamers had to play in MLB Today mode, select from any of the available matchups, and then choose the option to participate in the ‘MLB 2K10 contest' that automatically defaulted to the proper gameplay settings as defined by the official contest rules. Entries had to be recorded via camera or digital video recorder in compliance with guidelines provided by 2K in the official rules, and all eligible entrants had to submit a copy of their recording in its entirety for verification. Submissions were only accepted on DVD. To ensure accuracy in the verification and submission process, 2K Sports partnered with Twin Galaxies International, the worldwide authority on video game world records, and provider of scores to Guinness World Records that are published in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition. On May 2, 2010, 2K Sports, in conjunction with Twin Galaxies International, began reviewing player submission videos. After a thorough review process, 2K Sports determined that Wade McGilberry was the first person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10.

Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, Major League Baseball 2K10 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, WiiTM system, Nintendo DSTM and Windows PC. For more information about Major League Baseball 2K10, please visit http://www.2ksports.com/games/mlb2k10.

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# 1 Blzer @ 05/05/10 09:38 AM
I'm glad it was done on the first day. It makes me feel better about myself not trying that I had no chance of doing it. I almost can't believe it was done first day though with all of the high demands required to successfully do it. Oh and you know, there's also the whole "perfect game" part.

I hope more things leak out about this, like what teams he used, what he did on offense, how many strikeouts he had, if there were any huge defensive plays in the game, oh and of course... if we'll ever see the video on YouTube (and maybe his reaction to throwing it).

Congrats to the state of Alabama for actually doing something newsworthy!
 
# 2 tonybologna @ 05/05/10 10:11 AM
Geez! Done on the 1st day? I never tried anyhow!
 
# 3 Gopher @ 05/05/10 10:15 AM
I agree, what pitcher did he use? Score of the game? Where's the stats?!?!?!
 
# 4 MoleDude @ 05/05/10 10:27 AM
Day 1 he had to use Halladay!
 
# 5 TracerBullet @ 05/05/10 10:49 AM
I'm glad I gave up on this as well. I did almost throw one on day two with Joel Piniero though.got to the 8th inning. I hope more stats come out as well.
 
# 6 Valdarez @ 05/05/10 11:15 AM
When someone completes it on the first day, it kind of smashes the perception that it's a nigh impossible feat.
 
# 7 TracerBullet @ 05/05/10 12:57 PM
Blzer, on 1st and 10 they just talked to him and showed some of his video. He was the Braves and beat the Mets. Not the teams I would have expected at all. Says he is going to pay his mortgage off. Smart man.
 
# 8 MoleDude @ 05/05/10 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by SeanSpence31
How much could the mortgage be on a double wide?
Jealousy is a bitch.
 
# 9 jeffmanqb3 @ 05/05/10 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Blzer
I hope more things leak out about this, like what teams he used, what he did on offense, how many strikeouts he had, if there were any huge defensive plays in the game, oh and of course... if we'll ever see the video on YouTube (and maybe his reaction to throwing it).
I am really wanting to see the video. Maybe he made an epic diving catch in the late innings.
 
# 10 Trevytrev11 @ 05/05/10 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by kcxiv
lol, i remember the, no one will break this, there is something rigged in the game posts. lol
lol.lol.lol.lol, yeah, i can't imagine why anyone would question the words from anyone attached to this series with their stupendous track record lol. lol. lol.
 
# 11 Buckeye @ 05/05/10 06:33 PM
I'm happy for the guy. To me this is 2k getting involved in the community.



Congrats



Is he a member on OS?
 
# 12 Trevytrev11 @ 05/05/10 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by jayhawker
A million bucks was just a portion of their ad budget for this game. Worst case scenario, they bought insurance and only paid a fraction of the million. But really, there was no good reason to withhold.

I think you had to be pretty clueless not to think that they would pay out. they wanted to pay out. It's another wave of attention for their game.

But then, some people just want to hate on 2K because it makes them feel better than t just playing another game.
Oh I knew they'd pay it from the get go (assuming someone met the strict qualifications) and like every one of these things, and as you said, I'm sure they had an insurance policy of some sort for it. In fact, I thought it was a good idea on their part to get people interested in a game that has been hammered in reviews for several years in a row. My comment was just a response to the one and only official 2K apologist.
 
# 13 42 @ 05/06/10 12:29 AM
 
# 14 RubenDouglas @ 05/06/10 12:32 AM
someone wins a lottery, we KNOW RIGHT AWAY.. what a scam this was.. yeah I said scam.. What a bad precedent this sets up for other games.
 
# 15 StevenSeagalsLipitor @ 05/06/10 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by RubenDouglas
someone wins a lottery, we KNOW RIGHT AWAY.. what a scam this was.. yeah I said scam.. What a bad precedent this sets up for other games.

This wasn't a scam. There are laws and regulations surrounding contests and competitions like this. They could get in some serious trouble if this was a set up. They had a firm that did the verification for them and they most likely insured it as well. It just sounds like someone is bitter to me.
 
# 16 Trevytrev11 @ 05/06/10 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by RubenDouglas
someone wins a lottery, we KNOW RIGHT AWAY.. what a scam this was.. yeah I said scam.. What a bad precedent this sets up for other games.
The whole point of the contest was to get people interested in their baseball game again and get them to buy it. If they announce the winner right away after day 1, then that defeats the sole purpose of the contest from their perspective. They said from the beginning that they would announce the winner on this date and they followed through. They did everything they could/should have done, IMO, to support their product in a new and exciting way...except put out fully working product from the get go, but that's a whole different story.
 
# 17 jared52 @ 05/06/10 08:51 AM
The article on CNBC said they didn't take out insurance because they couldn't calculate the odds of someone winning the prize so the $1 million will come out of their pocket.

Of course the US Government also won this contest, just like they win every lottery and game show.
 
# 18 fishepa @ 05/06/10 10:05 AM
I have played a lot of baseball games in my day and have never come close to a perfect game, much less a no hitter. What a lucky guy.
 
# 19 IndianBird @ 05/06/10 11:32 AM
The winner and his wife were on Howard Stern this morning

he threw a perfect game in only his 7th game played

so much for impossible

Congrats to him
 
# 20 Pared @ 05/06/10 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by RubenDouglas
someone wins a lottery, we KNOW RIGHT AWAY.. what a scam this was.. yeah I said scam.. What a bad precedent this sets up for other games.
I take it you've never been apart of any other contests outside of the lottery?

Because if you truly feel this way, a large % of contests are "scams" and set "bad precedents."
 

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