Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oregon student wins $250k playing baseball video game

Justin Chavarria (PHOTO: 2K Sports)

To anyone who has ever said playing video games is nothing but a waste of time, let me introduce you to University of Oregon student Justin Chavarria, who recently won $250,000 playing MLB 2k13 in the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge.

Chavarria, 21, qualified for a single-elimination tournament by pitching a perfect game, and then won the nationwide event at All-Star FanFest in New York.

“This has been a life-changing experience over the last four months,” said Chavarria, who defeated Brad Holland of Garland, Texas, using the Texas Rangers to win 3-1 over the Oakland A’s. “I had a great time competing against the other three finalists during the tournament, and this is a day I’ll never forget.”

This year’s evolution of the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge was the most competitive in 2K’s history, and featured more ways to win than ever before with 30 $25,000 MLB Team Leaderboard prize pools, one per MLB team, for a total of $750,000. More than 785,000 perfect game attempts were logged, and more than 2,500 perfect games were verified. Additionally, individual turnout shattered last year’s Perfect Game Challenge records, with an increase of 23% in unique perfect games thrown (1,191) and 84% in verified perfect games year-over-year from MLB 2K12.

Chavarria credited his experience as an all-conference pitcher in high school as part of the reason he was able to win the tournament.

He plans to use the money to pay off existing student loans, pay for law school, and to buy a Ford truck.

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