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2K Sports Announces the Return of the $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge

As everyone races to beat the Pirates and Royals with Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez, I'm gonna go with Tim Wakefield against the Orioles.
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: January 7, 2011
I just think it would be easier to strike out Mark Reynolds three times than Andrew McCutchen or Billy Butler. Tack on the fact that the knuckeball confuses the AI (and other online players) just as much as real life hitters, and you have a recipe for a million dollars.


Anyway, remember last year's challenge? While there were so many rushing out to use Roy Halladay (which will probably be the case this year too, not that it's a bad choice), it turned out some guy using the Atlanta Braves won it all. The best part? The guy used Kenshin Kawakami of all people. Yes, those of you who don't really know baseball and rushed to Google him, that one. The one who won a single game last year and posted a 5.15 ERA. And he did it against a virtual lineup that features healthy versions of) Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and David Wright. On top of all of that, he did it on the first day the contest was available.

“It was an incredible feeling when 2K Sports showed up at my doorstep,” said Wade McGilberry, who won the contest using the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets. “I never thought I’d actually get paid for playing Major League Baseball 2K10, or any video game. It really can happen to you – winning one million dollars changed my life forever.”

On April 1, 2011, the door opens for those of you who will take on the monumental challenge. With the game releasing on March 8, that will give everyone about three good weeks to figure out how they want to approach it. With MLB 11: The Show also coming out for the PS3, I just have this sneaking suspicion that the winner will come from the 360. But then again, what do I know? Whoever wins will have a nice return on their $60 investment.

“2K Sports made video game history last year by giving away $1 million in the Perfect Game Challenge,” said Jason Argent vice president of marketing at 2K Sports. “We’re thrilled to be giving our fans – from skilled players to novices – another shot at the prize money with Major League Baseball 2K11. Our cover athlete, Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of those rare pitchers to have thrown a perfect game and we think that it’s only fitting that he’ll be inspiring gamers to step onto the mound for their chance at perfection.”

Just make sure Jim Joyce isn't your virtual umpire.