2K Sports announced Friday (May 11) that they’ve crowded a the champion of their annual “Perfect Game Challenge” in their latest “Major League Baseball 2K12” title.
The winner is: 21-year-old Christopher Gilmore of Melbourne, Fla. He will be featured in a 30-minute special on Spike TV later this month, and be awarded $1 million winning a live, single-elimination tournament at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City.
Gilmore prevailed in the head-to-head tournament by defeating 25-year-old Charles Bates of Conway, Ark. in the tournament final, 10-1. The tournament field was made up of the top-eight ranked individuals from a massive qualifying phase that included more than 900 verified perfect games and nearly 1,000,000 attempts.
“Winning this year’s Perfect Game Challenge is an amazing achievement that required great skill and composure in an intense tournament atmosphere,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “Chris is incredibly deserving of the $1 million prize; he certainly earned it by beating some really stiff competition.”
Fans can relive the Perfect Game Challenge during the Spike TV’s special airing May 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM ET/PT, and will be hosted by Geoff Keighley of GTTV and feature special appearances by MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model Kate Upton.
The segment will include interviews with the eight finalists, as well as highlights from the tournament that culminate with the $1 million check presentation.
The eight finalists were determined by a dynamic leaderboard ranking the “most perfect” games thrown. 2K Sports used an algorithm to rank individual perfect games based on degree of difficulty (such as the opposing team’s offensive prowess and selected pitcher’s skill) and degree of perfection (number of strikeouts, pitching efficiency).
“Major League Baseball 2K12” is out now, and available on XBOX 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, and PC. Order your copy now, over at Amazon.com.