2K Sports has crowned its third millionaire in three years, although this time the winner had to go head-to-head in a live eight-man competition to take home the giant check. Christopher Gilmore was the last man standing in this year’s Major League Baseball 2K12 Perfect Game Challenge, held at the MLB Fan Cave in New York City.
Gilmore emerged victorious playing as the New York Yankees and riding CC Sabathia to a 10-1 win and was handed the giant check by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton. During the online competition, there were 900 verified perfect games out of 1 million attempts. Gilmore actually threw four perfect games during the competition. Once he got to New York, he just needed to win. The real-life pitcher offers some virtual advice for gamers in this exclusive interview.
On top of the $1 million you won, you’re also starring in a 30-minute TV show on Spike TV. What’s that like?
It’s pretty awesome that it’s going to be made into a show and that I’m going to be on there. I think that’s a pretty cool thing that they did.
Did the fact that you guys were being filmed influence you at all, or were you in a zone the whole time?
When I came here, I just wanted to win it. The way I looked at it was that I pretty much got a free trip to New York, and I think that was a very special thing to begin with.
What strategy did you use to make it to New York City?
The thing that’s different about this year was that to qualify, you had to throw a perfect game. Not only that, but you had throw in the MLB Today mode in Major League Baseball 2K12. You had to follow strict guidelines, or you couldn’t change anything about the game, go out for mound visits and anything like that. The best thing to do was to throw.