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Alabama Man Wins $1 Million in MLB 2K10 Perfect Game Contest

May 5, 2010

When I heard 2K Sports was giving away $1 million to the first fan to pitch a perfect game in MLB 2K10 this year, it seemed like one of those things that would be almost impossible to win, particularly given the extensive rules about how the perfect game needed to be recorded.

Turns out I was very wrong and a perfect game was actually pitched in the first 24 hours of the contest. Never underestimate the determination of the gaming population at large.

2K Sports announced today that 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama has won an unprecedented cash prize in the amount of $1,000,000 by being the first person to throw a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball® 2K10, the latest iteration of the popular Major League Baseball® 2K series.

According to Eric Fisher from SportsBusiness Journal, McGilberry used Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami (pictured above) to pitch his perfect game. (This is a real head-scratcher because real-life is 0-5 this season with a 5.47 ERA. I’ll be eager to hear why he picked this particular pitcher.)

If I’m reading Darren Rovell’s story correctly on CNBC, it only took McGilberry six tries to land his perfect game. Another fun note from Rovell’s piece: 2K Sports didn’t take out any insurance on this contest because companies couldn’t come up with odds. That can’t be good for the bottom line of a gaming company that has narrowed its offerings in the last few years.

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