For the second year in a row, 2K Sports has made a baseball fan very rich. The game publisher has rewarded Brian Kingrey, a high school music teacher from Louisiana, with a check for $1 million. Kingrey pitched a perfect game using the Phillies Roy Halladay in the Major League Baseball 2K11 Perfect Game Challenge.
Kingrey practiced for four hours a day for two full weeks before perfecting his skills to pitch a perfect game. He used Roy Halladay against the Houston Astros and pitched a perfect game on his very first try. Halladay, who pitched his first perfect game in real life a year ago, met with Kingrey in real life.
Ultimately, Kingrey’s wife pushed him to buy the game and enter the competition in hopes of getting a new refrigerator. That ended up being a good move, as the music teacher now has more money than he knows what to do with. In fact, he hasn’t thought beyond that refrigerator.
Kingrey is the second overall winner of the million dollar prize, following Wade McGilberry, who achieved perfection in last year’s Major League Baseball 2K10 Perfect Game Challenge.
The winning Perfect Game Challenge video was the first submission to be verified in this highly competitive contest, which began on April 1, 2011. 2K Sports worked with Twin Galaxies, an official scorekeeping organization, to verify the entry and conducted its own in-house examination of the footage and game data to confirm the legitimacy of the perfect game.
Major League Baseball 2K11 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available in North America on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and PSP.
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John Gaudiosi has been covering videogames for the past 20 years for outlets like The Washington Post, CNET, Wired Magazine and CBS.com. He has focused on the convergence of entertainment and videogames for outlets like Video Business, Home Media Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Gamerlive.TV and is also a freelance game columnist for Reuters and writes for outlets like Forbes.com, NVISION, Official PlayStation Magazine, EGM Now, Geek Monthly, PrimaGames.com, and Yahoo! Games. John also serves as the video game expert for NBC in Washington D.C. and has produced videogame documentaries for The History Channel and Starz Entertainment. John was named one of the Top 50 Game Journalists in the world by Next-Gen.biz in 2007. He is the co-author of Scholastic Books' How to Get into Videogames, Prima Publishing's Madden: Twenty Years of Videogame Football and Electronic Arts: The Official History.