A lot can happen in a day… And that day was the 27th Januray 2010 as a world record was made in London by 8 gamers playing FIFA 10 for 24 hours straight. As you may recall from last week the feat was organised by Stryxa , a website that organises online leagues for FIFA 10
and was held in a train station, which proved to not be the warmest of locations. In fact 10 Players started the record attempt but only 8 made it out at the end, I presume one of them was a mole all along, the other probably failed to make it out of an interrogation with Jack… Congratulations to the record holders though, I can barely get through a couple of hours at a time so its a big achievement.
Hit the jump for a photo of the winners and a full press release detailing the event.
The 8 new record holders;
TWENTY FOUR HOUR FIFA PEOPLE
PIONEERING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ SET BY WEARY EYED FIFA WARRIORS – JUST!
A new type of Guinness World Record was born on the morning of January 27th, and its completion is likely to set the trend for a whole new global wave of similar feats of mental and physical endurance.
At 10.09am at London’s Victoria Station, the final whistle was blown on Stryxa.com’s unique 24 hour FIFA 10 gaming world record, which saw 8 of the 10 original participants set the Guinness World Record for the longest football videogame marathon on the UK’s premier football computer game.
Faced with major sleep deprivation it seemed entrants would drop like flies in the cold conditions. But a love for the game and a determination to be listed in the Guinness World Records drove them on weary eyed through despair and tiredness.
And it finally paid off this morning when the eight-strong group of intrepid gaming brothers heard the most eagerly awaited final whistle of their lives. Speaking after receiving his plaque from Guinness World Record Games Edition editor, Gaz Deaves, one remarked: “Wow, am I glad that is over. I absolutely love FIFA 10 so was confident going into the challenge that I’d breeze through 24 hours playing it. I even thought I’d broken the record before at home in my bedroom.
“But I wasn’t prepared for that. The first few hours were fine but during the middle part my concentration levels dropped and by the end I was losing my mind. I nearly pressed the eject button a few times.
“But the lads were great and we all motivated each other and when we could see the light at the end of the tunnel we all decided to go for it. Now its over I can safely say I will never be doing it again but I’m really happy to be going in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, it’s fantastic.”
Gaz Deaves added: “It’s been a long night for these guys but they’re in high spirits now and I’m happy to announce that they are all officially Guinness World Record holders!”
The challenge was organised to celebrate the launch of Stryxa.com – the World’s first International FIFA football league online. The company, which gives gamers the opportunity to compete for a £25,000 prize fund on FIFA 10 using PS3 or XBOX360 consoles.
Neville Langston, co-founder of Stryxa.com, said: “Never before has a football gaming marathon world record been attempted so this really was a bit of a journey into the unknown the everyone concerned. But the commitment shown by our team has been incredible and we’re really pleased so many of the original participants managed to make it to the end.
“After showing incredible amounts of stamina, skill and endurance all of the eight record breakers absolutely deserve their place in the world famous book. We now hope that the example they have set will encourage other gamers to attempt similar feats and as a company Stryxa.com will certainly look to be a pioneer in this area.”
Stryxa.com’s FIFA 10 leagues are open to anyone over the age of 14 with a PS3 or XBOX 360. All fixtures and league tables – along with regular news, photos and cup competitions – are hosted on the state of the art Stryxa.com website which is updated daily.
Written by: Trev
- Contributing Editor