In a move not-at-all designed to spoil Konami's Xbox launch of Pro Evolution Soccer 4 on November 19th, Electronic Arts is inviting gamers to head over to Earls Court on Saturday, November 20th to take part in its FIFA Interactive World Cup on Xbox.
Willing participants should turn up at the London venue between 9 and 11am in order to try and pre-qualify to win one of 512 places in the semi-finals that afternoon. The other 512 pre-qualifiers will have been sourced through the FIFA Interactive World Cup website, tournaments on Xbox Live and tournaments at Powerleague 5-a-side centres.
The best eight players in each section will then battle it out for the grand prize - a trip to Zurich for the world finals on December 19th. The winner of that will ultimately be presented with an award at the FIFA World Player Gala on December 20th in Zurich.
And if you get knocked out at Earls Court, you'll also be able to kick a ball about at the Penalty Speed Kick, Free Kick Wall, Timed Dribble and Shoot and Accuracy Goal events nearby. What's more, apparently Darius Vassell will be popping in to show off his skills on the floor and on the pad, while Darren Emerson, Tim Westwood, Krafty Kuts and Mutiny will DJs and there'll be other things going on too.