2K Sports has announced the start of MLB 2K13’s Perfect Game Challenge. The contest started yesterday and runs through April 30, 2013 at 11:59:59 PDT. This year’s contest evolution features more ways to win than ever before, as players can compete to win up to 30 $25,000 prize pools, one per MLB team, with a combined prize of $750,000 being divided among the 30 pools. Competitors will need to monitor the Perfect Game Challenge leaderboards to ensure they maintain their ranking as new high scores are added. By using pitchers from different MLB teams, there is no limit on the number of $25,000 team prizes one player can win. Honestly, I preferred the way that the contest was originally designed, first perfect game wins it all. Now it just seems like they are trying to milk everything they can get out of it which takes away from the luster a bit. With that said, the prizes aren’t trivial and the grand prize is still a nice chunk of change.
Once the competition window closes on April 30, the top four Overall Leaderboard finalists with top ranked and verified perfect games achieved on PS3 and Xbox 360 will compete in a single-elimination tournament during MLB All-Star Week in New York for the $250,000 grand prize. For the second year in a row, 2K Sports’ proprietary algorithm will rank individual perfect games based on difficulty (such as the opposing team’s offensive prowess and selected pitcher’s skill) and degree of perfection (such as number of strikeouts and pitching efficiency). Access to the Perfect Game Challenge mode for eligible players is available on copies of MLB 2K13/NBA 2K13 Combo Pack in addition to stand-alone copies of MLB 2K13.