In August, Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous won the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup by beating Saudi Arabia’s reigning champion Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary 3-2 in a thrilling final.
The German outperformed 31 other players at the event at London’s O2 Arena and took home the top prize, a whopping $250,000 (£205,600).
To some, it’s inconceivable one could make such money from playing a computer game, but eSPORTS has exploded in recent years.
talkSPORT.com caught up with MoAuba to discuss winning the biggest FIFA tournament possible and he gave us a valuable tip to become a better player.
So, how does it feel to be the best FIFA player in the world?
I’m fine now that I know it is real! At first, I thought I was dreaming so I’m really happy.
The question we’re all wondering: how did you get so good at playing FIFA?
I played a lot against my older brother and he was always better. For like, ten years from FIFA 2004-2014, he was always better and would beat me. That made me want to get better and play it a lot, just that competition in the family. And then I got better and better and eventually started to beat him at around 15 years old. After, I started my eSPORTS FIFA career at FIFA 16.
What was the key to winning this eWorld Cup?
I think I’m one of the most experienced professional players because I had qualified for every tournament in the past two years and I also did well in the tournaments. In the previous two World Cups I lost in the semi-finals, so I was always close to getting the trophy but something was missing. Maybe I was too nervous or something, but this year was perfect and I was really relaxed or calm.
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What an unbelievable atmosphere, what an unbelievable moment! Biggest day in my life so far lifting the trophy of the #FIFAeWorldCup. Very thankful to all of you guys supporting me that much! You are crazy!
While the changes range from subtle to bold in FIFA titles, how hard is it for you to adapt quickly and stay a strong player?
I think I’m famous for adapting to the new games and understanding the new features. When I started playing FIFA 20, shooting was probably the hardest thing. I try everything in the game to find what’s wrong in the game to find advantages against opponents.
Finally, what’s the one tip you’d give anyone looking to become a better FIFA player?
With the new features, it would be the timed finish and the goalkeeper movement. It’s easy to make and it’s a game-changer when you want to score goals and save the ball one-on-one. Just practice.
FIFA 20 is out on September 27 and is available to pre-order now.