There are no British FIFA players in the final day of competition at the FIFA eWorld Cup (today, August 4th).
The defending champion, Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing, was halted in the quarter finals by Maltese player Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech, who said before the tournament that Gorilla wouldn’t have been champion last year had he been in the final.
"He deserved to win at the end of the day,” Ealing conceded, speaking to Esports News UK. “I don’t mind losing to good players and he beat me fair and square.”
“Hopefully he goes and wins it now but that’s my season over. There’s nothing I can do about it now but to just focus on FIFA 19.”
Gorilla later told Esports News UK in a separate press conference this morning: "I think the UK has some of the best players, but some of them weren't in the finals like Tass, who was coaching me, but you've got Germany, France, there's a lot of top players across the world.
"For me personally, it's a solo game, so I just focus on myself. It's tough because in just one game you can lose, like I did yesterday. It's disappointing we don't have more UK representation at the event, but it's a solo game so I'll focus on myself and try my best."
Kurt0411, who beat Gorilla 4-2 over two legs, has been criticised in the past for attempting to rage quit at the FIFA eClub World Cup in Paris and for being very outspoken about FIFA’s developers, EA.
"I think the UK has some of the best players so it's disappointing we don't have more UK representation at the event. But for me personally, it's a solo game, so I just focus on myself. It's tough because in just one game you can lose, like I did yesterday."
Spencer "Gorilla" Ealing
He was later knocked out by Saudi Arabian player Msdossary in the Xbox console final.
There was also disappointment for Hashtag United’s Welshman Adam “DreamR” Barton, who went out in the group stages without a win, and free agent Luke “Crafty” Craft, who narrowly missed out on progressing from Group B.
Crafty, who was dubbed by many as a potential dark horse in the competition, missed out on the fourth and final qualifying spot in Group B by just two points.
Despite saying prior to the tournament that his goal was to get out of his group, Crafty says he was proud of his performances.
“It was such a difficult group,” he said after his final game against Xbox finalist Msdossary.
“However I’m happy with how I’ve played and feel like I’ve been growing each tournament I’ve competed at.”
Annoyed I didn’t take your advice onboard more, but won’t make the same mistakes next year. https://t.co/uieBKxf20q
— Luke (@Craftyy95) August 3, 2018
Manchester City's Danish player Marcus "Marcuzo" Jorgensen is facing Belgian underdog Stefano Pinna in the Playstation final today.
The Final Showdown, which will be a cross-console final between the Xbox and Playstation winners, will take place at 6pm today (Saturday August 4th).