Meet Musaed Al-Dossary, also known as Msdossary, is one of the very best professional FIFA players in the world.
The Saudi Arabian player's FIFA esports career began back in 2017, but just a year later, aged 18, Msdossary won the biggest trophy in FIFA esports, the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup, taking home $250,000 in prize money.
In 2019, the Tundra Esports FIFA player reached the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final for the second consecutive year, losing out to German FIFA player MoAuba, but still taking home $100,000 and becoming a back-to-back Xbox World Champion.
FIFA esports is growing fast, with game makers EA SPORTS confirming earlier this year that FIFA 20 for console and PC is the most-played game in franchise history. But it's not just about playing the game, because more people are watching others play FIFA than ever before.
In fact, 12 billion minutes of FIFA 20 content has been viewed on Twitch since launch, the equivalent of more than 133 million traditional football matches. Those figures are a 260 percent year-over-year growth in EA SPORTS FIFA content viewership.
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Ahead of the launch of FIFA 21, EA announced that they will award $3 million in prizes across FIFA esports events including Qualifiers, Regional Playoffs, the eChampions League, and CONMEBOL eLibertadores. That's an increase of over $1 Million from what was awarded last season.
Msdossary is one of the most successful players in the esport in terms of trophies won and prize money earned, and with FIFA esports' popularity and prize money growing every year, you wouldn't bet against him achieving more success in FIFA 21 and beyond.
On the FIFA 21 worldwide launch date, we caught up with the FIFA esports superstar, who told us how he became a FIFA World Champion and what fans can expect from him in the new FIFA esports season.
"I've always been a fan of football, whether I'm playing football outside, or I'm playing FIFA," said Al-Dossary.
"I played FIFA when I was 8 years old, it was just a hobby, but then good things came!
The former FIFA eWorld Cup champion explained how his FIFA esports career began on FIFA 17 when FUT Champions was launched, a competitive league within the Ultimate Team game mode where he found himself ranking high against players worldwide. From there, Msdossary's career took off and he first started to realise it could become a career in his first major event.
"In FIFA 17, in Berlin, most of the players there were representing teams, orgs etc.
"I was at the time a free agent, but I could see teams, sponsors, orgs, so I knew that if I improved to my level I could do it as a full-time thing.
"The first event which I played was in FIFA 17, South Africa/Asia, top 32 players from both consoles.
"I won the whole event and I didn't even lose a single game, so that gave extra confidence in myself and what I'm able to do.
"After that tournament, I was the favourite to win each tournament.
Al-Dossary also talked about his famous winning mentality and even though fans might want him to play a certain way, he's all about winning.
"Sometimes if you want to win tournaments, you need to play the way they play, not the way the fans want you to play.
"Because in the end, it's all about winning, sometimes I have to do things to win.
"Since I was a kid, with my brothers or friends, if they won against me, I'd hate to lose, I really hate to lose.
"Even as a football player, when I lose I'm so sad, even if it's just a friendly game. That's me, I'm a champion.
"When you are a world champion, it gives you an advantage, because you are a world champion for a reason.
The Tundra esports player also spoke about his experience of winning the biggest trophy in FIFA esports, the FIFA eWorld Cup, in 2018.
"It was my first ever World Cup experience, the year after when I was console final and Xbox World Champion I knew what the World Cup meant.
"But since it was my first appearance, my first experience, I was just chilling, enjoying my first experience.
"But I knew that I had the levels to win against every opponent.
"I don't think I won a game with one or two goal leads, each game I won it was by three of four goal lead, that was a big thing.
"I was the first guy in FIFA history to have a clean sheet in both legs, so it was good to break records in your first appearance.
Msdossary also gave fans an idea how what they can expect from him in FIFA 21 and the new Global Series campaign.
"Well, I'm always a winner, since FIFA 17, 18, 19, 20, so my aim is to keep that record and win another trophy.
"I think the fans can expect from me to be a winner in the last tournaments, last majors this year.
Finally, the FIFA esports star gave a few words of advice to any budding FIFA esports players, who want to become professional players.
"Don't stop believing in yourself, I know sometimes it's obviously hard going through stuff.
"But if you want to be a better player, try to play the game more.
"Watch the pro players more and watch the tournaments, because we have the small details, and they always help your game."
You can listen to our full interview with Msdossary on Level up! The Esports and Gaming Show, a Reach podcast. Click here to subscribe to Level up! The Esports and Gaming Show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spreaker.
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FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Additionally, fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X at no extra cost.
All progress made or content acquired within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team (including players, items, coins, FIFA Points, match record, and leaderboard placement), as well as all progression in VOLTA FOOTBALL will transfer over to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S.
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