24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama has won $1,000,000 by being the first person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10, the latest iteration of the popular Major League Baseball 2K series. The contest was open to both PS3 and Xbox 360 users and shows just how dedicated 2K are to improving the quality of the gameplay in the series with the pitching being the main focus of improvement and of this contest.
Fans were able to participate in the $1,000,000 Major League Baseball 2K10 contest beginning on March 2, 2010 at 12:01 AM PST. The competition ended on May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT. Entries had to be recorded via camera or digital video recorder in compliance with guidelines provided by 2K in the official rules, and all eligible entrants had to submit a copy of their recording in its entirety on DVD. The aim was to throw a perfect game and 2K, Twin Galaxies International and Guinness World Records determined that Wade McGilberry was the first to do so.
“It was actually my wife who convinced me to go for it”, said Wade McGilberry. Wade threw a verified perfect game on the first day of the competition, a feat thought by many to be impossible. He went on to add, “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”. Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports said “We honestly had no idea what to expect. But the incredible response from the fans and the buzz surrounding the competition was nothing that we could have ever predicted. Throwing a perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K10 is anything but easy. We congratulate Wade on his success”.