In Madrid today, some of Europe's best virtual footballers gathered to determine who would move on to Berlin for FIFA 17 championship and for once, a PlayStation player pulled out the win.
The bracket of each regional is divided by platform, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Once a champion for each has been determined, they face off in a grand final where the aggregate score of two games, one on each platform, determines the winner.
Traditionally, Xbox players have dominated regionals, emerging victorious at each competition prior, but the yet-undefeated Prinsipe was determined to take home the trophy for his home console.
Against Xbox player and recently Unilad-sponsored Gorilla on his turf, Prinsipe came rocketing out of the gate with two early goals to take the lead. Over the course of 90 (in-game) minutes, Gorilla eventually tied the score and brought the finals to a moot point headed into the PlayStation round.
The Dualshock 4 was Prinsipe's comfort zone though, and much like the Xbox round, he came out strong with another 2-0 lead off the foot of Suárez.
On his back foot, Gorilla put in a goal to bring back down the difference, but a press back from Prinsipe late in the match re-established his lead with little time to spare. Gorilla couldn't recover from the deficit, and the match closed out at a 6-4 aggregate.
With the win, Prinsipe established the PlayStation folks as competitors for the title in Berlin. Both players earned a spot at Berlin in this qualifier, though Prinsipe will be the higher seed because of it. In a sea of Xbox players, he might be the last hope for Sony diehards to take home the winner's chunk of $US1.3 ($2) million in the FUT Ultimate Team Championship at the end of the month.