Chris takes on the cyber world
IPSWICH teenager Chris Bullard is today preparing to take on the world. The 19-year-old, of Wilding Road, is the current world champion of a popular football computer game, as revealed in The Evening Star in December.
IPSWICH teenager Chris Bullard is today preparing to take on the world.
The 19-year-old, of Wilding Road, is the current world champion of a popular football computer game, as revealed in The Evening Star in December.
But in October he will be heading to Monza, Italy for the World Cyber Games (WCG) during which he will compete in the FIFA '06 category against players from 70 countries.
Competition is expected to be fierce as the best gamers in the world fight it out.
It has not been an easy journey as he has had to switch from the XBox console to playing on a PC in order to be eligible for the event.
He had also been playing two different football computer games since winning the competition last year.
- 1 10 Suffolk celebrities and where they went to school
- 2 'It's what I know and love': Former lorry driver opens food truck on A12
- 3 Fire crews called to fire on flat balcony in busy Ipswich road
- 4 Ipswich bricklayer dragged wife out of car before kicking and punching her
- 5 'Despicable racism' condemned after letter in post
- 6 Delays on A14 after Orwell Bridge incident
- 7 Felixstowe man who trashed his ex's home ordered to pay compensation
- 8 Teenager involved in burglary which 'trashed' home must do unpaid work
- 9 Search for new Post Office in east Ipswich
- 10 Adventure Golf attraction set to make way for new homes
Mr Bullard said: “It was difficult going back. I can use an XBox controller on a PC but there are some differences.”
Despite his success, he said he is still learning as he trains.
His place in the grand final of this global tournament was won in Newbury, Berkshire over the August bank holiday weekend where he became the top FIFA '06 player in the country.
As the winner he was awarded a widescreen TV, an XBox 360 (he now has three) and an MP3 player.
Mr Bullard is looking forward to competing against some of the best gamers in the world.
He said: “I'm really up for it.
“It will be a chance to catch up with people I played against in the World Cup. I just want to have a good time.”
n Do you have an unusual hobby? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email email@example.com
The World Cyber Games (WCG) will take place from October 18 to 22
Gamers compete in eight different categories: FIFA '06, Half Life, Need for Speed, StarCraft, WarCraft, Dawn of War, Dead or Alive and Project Gotham Racing
Last year the UK finished 18th overall
More than 700 gamers from more than 70 different countries compete
2006 is the first year the games have been held in Europe
The WCG has its own theme song which you can hear on their website.