A few months ago we wrote about Take-Two offering a million dollars to the first person on the Xbox 360 or PS3 who can play and pitch a perfect game in their new MLB 2k10 baseball game.
Having occurred only 16 times since the modern baseball era began in 1900, pitching a perfect game is considered the rarest feats in sports. In fact, it’s the Holy Grail for pitchers that can earn them instant sports immortality and a permanent spot in the history books.
Well, for 24-year-old Wade McGilberry, he may not have gained baseball immortality, but he is a million dollars richer having won Take-Two’s contest by throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K10 for the Xbox 360.
“It was actually my wife who convinced me to go for it,” he said in a statement. “I never thought I’d actually win a million dollars playing a video game, it’s all still sinking in for me.”
The prize is the culmination of 2K Sports’ Perfect Game competition, which ran from March 2 to May 1. Gamers were required to play the game’s MLB Today mode and select the “MLB 2K10 contest,” which automatically defaults to the correct gameplay settings to ensure an even playing field. While McGilberry might not have been the only player to throw a perfect game, he was the first, earning the unprecedented million-dollar prize by tossing perfection on the very first day of competition.
McGilberry was presented with an oversized check at his home.
“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,” he said.
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