Central Hall Westminster provides backdrop for FIFA Interactive World Cup Final

Central Hall Westminster was the setting for a thrilling England victory in the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC17), the world’s largest football gaming event, which took place from 16-18 August.

It was England vs. Germany when British gamer, Spencer Ealing, better known as Gorilla, beat German player Kai Wollin, otherwise known as DETO, in the Final Showdown Day held for the first time at Central Hall on 18 August.

The nail-biting culmination of a year-long gaming event involving over seven million participants took place on the main stage at the central London venue’s Great Hall in front of a live audience of 1,000 and via live streaming all over the world. The final heats were held in Central Hall’s Lecture Hall and Library over two days before the Final Showdown in the Great Hall.

Ealing was one of just 32 people from around the world who made it to the ‘Road to London 2017’ final, winning the top prize of US$200,000 along with a trip to The Best™ FIFA Football Awards. This was only the second time that a British gamer has won the FIWC17 since its inception in 2004. The last time the UK took the title was 12 years ago. Wollin took the US$40,000 runner’s up prize.

Paul Southern, managing director of Central Hall, comments: “Central Hall, with its cutting-edge technical capabilities and latest AV equipment, provided the ideal backdrop for the final of the world’s largest football gaming event.  We were delighted and privileged to play a part in this internationally famous event and very proud that we were able to live-stream it all over the world.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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