FIFA – you either know it as the “Federation Internationale de Football Association” or, that soccer video game everyone has.
FIFA is one of the most popular video games around campus. Many gamers would agree with this statement, as FIFA manifests its dominance within the halls. Davidson, Farrar and PVG are known for their tournaments which involve either playing online or head-to-head against friends. More recently, gamers have been taking FIFA to a new level by introducing two-on-two team tournaments.
Compared to American football, basketball and baseball, soccer is said to be the most popular sport in the world. Statistics have shown that the FIFA world cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, with an estimated audience of about 715.1 million people.
As soccer continues to grow in America at a staggering rate, we notice a rise in interest also. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, the U.S. went against all odds and qualified for the second round of the tournament before falling to Belgium in overtime. Since then, the rise in the popularity of soccer has caused an increase in demand for the video game. Thus, FIFA video games became an outlet through which soccer fans could express themselves and relive some of the most epic moments.
The FIFA video game gives gamers the choice to take the field as Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Clint Dempsey [Captain America] or the world-renowned David Beckham, to name a few. Create your own player from scratch and compete against the big names, or simply manage a team of your choice from anywhere around the world. The possibilities seem endless, especially with the online servers that give gamers the capability to play against people from all parts of the globe!
Freshman Caleb Towers from PVG is a soccer fan and an occasional FIFA player.
“I like FIFA [videogame] because of its amazing graphics. It grabbed my attention from the first day I saw my roommates playing and now I’m more interested in soccer than I have ever been,” he said.