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Guy Wins $1000000 for Perfect Game in MLB 2K10

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 48 comments

2K Games loses a million dollars in less than a day.

2K Games launched a contest in conjunction with the release of Major League Baseball 2K10: the first person to pitch a perfect game would win a million dollars. With a prize that big, you'd think pitching a perfect game was damn near impossible. At least, that's what the folks at 2K Games must have thought.

However, it would seem Wade McGilberry of Mobile, Ala., figured otherwise. CNBC reports that the 24-year-old purchased the game at midnight when it came out. Wade and his wife debated whether or not he should call in sick to work and get stuck into the game right away. In the end McGilberry went to work. The 401K record keeper got home at four in the afternoon and logged into his Xbox Live account, a necessary step to record the time of his perfect game. Another requirement was video verification so Wade set up his webcam in front of his television.

After five failed attempts, Mr. McGilberry was probably getting used to hitting the reset button. Then, on his sixth attempt, and in less than 90 minutes, Wade pitched a perfect game. He submitted the tape to 2K Games and called his wife and told her, "Honey, I'm done. I don't need to play anymore."

His wife was skeptical, positive that a college kid who hadn't had to go to work or class that day would have beaten him to the prize money. But no one had. 2K Games had to write a check for $1,000,000 less than 24 hours after the game went on sale, and according to CNBC, because insurance companies couldn't possibly come up with the odds of throwing a perfect game, 2K Games didn't take any insurance out.

Down $1 million, 2K Games says it was worth it and that the game sold better than last year's title. "We're very happy to give the money away," Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports told CNBC. "This was something innovative we dreamed up and we were really able to make some noise in the marketplace."

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    stryk55 , May 7, 2010 2:21 AM
    Actually, its very encouraging to hear that 2K Games put their money where their mouth is. Kudos to them!
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    tinmann , May 7, 2010 2:28 AM
    Who said playing video games would never make you rich?
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    rmmil978 , May 7, 2010 2:24 AM
    Nice job 2K for honoring the incentive, although I bet they thought it'd be a lot harder than it was.
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    pwnzerage , May 7, 2010 2:07 AM
    Wow! Props to that guy. I've tried this at least 20 times without recording and I can't even pitch a shutout. Lol @ 2k though.
  • 38 Hide
    stryk55 , May 7, 2010 2:21 AM
    Actually, its very encouraging to hear that 2K Games put their money where their mouth is. Kudos to them!
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    rmmil978 , May 7, 2010 2:24 AM
    Nice job 2K for honoring the incentive, although I bet they thought it'd be a lot harder than it was.
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    aznguy0028 , May 7, 2010 2:25 AM
    "We're very happy to give the money away,"

    -snickers- that is all
  • 31 Hide
    tinmann , May 7, 2010 2:28 AM
    Who said playing video games would never make you rich?
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    stm1185 , May 7, 2010 2:29 AM
    Grats to him. I bet he made more money then the top 10 Esports stars WON last year.
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    amnotanoobie , May 7, 2010 2:44 AM
    Now this is the proper way to market a game!

    Way way way better than brass knuckles, committing acts of lust, or faking a shooting.
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    eddieroolz , May 7, 2010 2:49 AM
    Pretty cool story. Props to the man!
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    silverx75 , May 7, 2010 2:55 AM
    When I saw this ad on Facebook a while ago I couldn't believe it, but man this is a shocker.
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    captaincharisma , May 7, 2010 3:27 AM
    this guy was on Howard stern today. he is an odd dude
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    dman3k , May 7, 2010 3:30 AM
    Ok... I played this for like 30 days, and have yet to come close to a no-hitter.

    I want to know which team he played against and which pitcher he used.
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    JMcEntegart , May 7, 2010 3:49 AM
    captaincharismathis guy was on Howard stern today. he is an odd dude


    Yeah I heard about that. He and his wife are very religious and are donating $100,000 to their church. Very nice gesture.
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    pogsnet , May 7, 2010 3:54 AM
    He was using a bot or an autoclick program to do that inhuman perfectness
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    Trueno07 , May 7, 2010 4:15 AM
    rmmil978Nice job 2K for honoring the incentive, although I bet they thought it'd be a lot harder than it was.


    Yea that took some big balls to actually give him the full 1 mill.
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    Anonymous , May 7, 2010 5:26 AM
    It would rather take more balls not to give him the money, thinking about the law sue he for a 100% certainly would take against them :p 
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    liquidsnake718 , May 7, 2010 6:27 AM
    2k games/segasports needs to hire some of those online gambling guys to configure their games better if they dont want to part with their money on the first day! Lol
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    anamaniac , May 7, 2010 6:28 AM
    I own a baseball for a Sega Genesis.
    I think that's the only sports game I own...
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    spks19 , May 7, 2010 6:41 AM
    I think that million becomes a tax write off. As long as they make enough money it will pay itself off in deferment.
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    randomizer , May 7, 2010 6:49 AM
    JMcEntegartYeah I heard about that. He and his wife are very religious and are donating $100,000 to their church. Very nice gesture.

    They could build a new church with that :o 
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    gerohmygosh , May 7, 2010 7:47 AM
    Hahaha this reminds me of Semi Pro where he has to give the bum 15 grand for a half-court shot... He didn't think it would happen and when he did... Ha!!!
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