2K Sports announced that they will give away an unprecedented cash prize in the amount of $1,000,000 to the first person who throws a verified perfect game in Major League Baseball 2K12, the next iteration of the popular Major League Baseball 2K series. The special contest, available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft through the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system through the PlayStationNetwork*, illustrates 2K Sports' dedication to delivering vastly improved gameplay and pitching mechanics this season in Major League Baseball 2K11.
This is the third year in a row 2K is offering the eye-popping prize, but the competition has changed dramatically this time around.
First off, it's no longer the first person who throws a verified perfect game that takes home all the loot. For "MLB 2K12," the competition to throw a perfect game will last from April 3 through April 30, with the top eight perfect game performances being ranked on an overall leaderboard based on difficulty. Gamers will earn points depending on the pitcher who throws the perfect game (earn more with Barry Zito than say, cover athlete Justin Verlander), as well as the team you throw the perfect game against (blanking the Yankees lineup will score higher than blanking the Astros).
Best of all, gamers no longer need to videotape the perfect game in order to prove your skills. Now, all you do is play in "Perfect Game Challenge" mode, and once the final out is recorded, a code will pop up on screen that you then enter on 2K's contest site, and you're good to go.
When the top eight performances are ranked, those gamers will then be flown to New York for a single-elimination tournament where the player who emerges victorious takes home the million bucks.
"I never thought you could get rich playing a video game," says "MLB 2K12's" cover athlete, Justin Verlander. "This is something that's definitely unique, and I'm proud to be a part of it."