2K Sports and Major League Baseball 2K12 have announced the return of the hugely popular $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge but this year there is a twist. This year’s contest will stage a final eight-person live tournament to crown the new $1 Million champion. I can’t say that like this new format, I think that this dilutes the value of the achievement. It seems that now pitching a perfect game isn’t good enough, now you have to pitch the best perfect game. And then you have to go do it one more time in this tournament. I appreciate 2K Sports trying to extend the buzz created by this contest, but this is totally the wrong move in my opinion and seems like a ploy to keep folks buying the game over a long period of time.
Beginning on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, April 4, 2012, gamers can begin their quest for perfection and compete for one of eight spots in the final live tournament. The finalists will be determined by a dynamic leaderboard that ranks the top perfect games thrown. Gamers can repeatedly attempt to improve their position on the leaderboard through the end of April.
As an added bonus, the submission process has been simplified. For the first time in the Perfect Game Challenge’s three-year history, competitors will not be required to submit video recordings of their perfect games. To participate, players will simply compete in Major League Baseball 2K12’s Perfect Game Challenge mode and submit a unique code at www.2ksports.com/perfectgame upon completion of a perfect game.
More details on the finalist event will be announced soon. For more on this year’s Perfect Game Challenge, please visit facebook.com/mlb2k.