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access_time July 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM in News by Charlie Grammer

Real-life pitching skill helps college student win $250,000 in MLB 2K13

College student utilizes real-life pitching knowledge to win $250,000.

College student utilizes real-life pitching knowledge to win $250,000.

MLB 2K13’s Million Dollar Challenge saw a victor yesterday in a student at the University of Oregon. This student utilized his knowledge as a high school and college pitcher to come out ahead in a 3-1 game.

This student’s name is Justin Chavarria, and he utilized his real-world approach to handling batters and tough counts against his two opponents. Mr. Chavarria actually even credited MLB 2K13’s AI for responding realistically when he threw his perfect game.

Said Mr. Chavarria, “Although it’s just a video game, the game ‘knows’ when you’re pitching good pitches. So I tried to use my real-life experience. If you’re facing a batter who is really good, and it’s a 2-2 count, you’re not going to throw a pitch over the plate. You throw off the plate, and maybe he’ll chase it.”

Though this year’s Million Dollar Challenge divided up the pool so that more players would win money, players had to qualify the same way that they did in previous Challenges. They had to throw a perfect game utilizing a real-world matchup back in April.

To win the prize, Mr. Chavarria defeated a fellow Oregonian named Tyson Sanders, in the first game. From there, he subdued Brad Holland, of Garland, Texas, 3-1 in the final.

Mr. Chavarria plans to store most of the prize to pay for his undergraduate courses and law school, though he also admits to wanting to splurge a bit. Said Mr. Chavarria, “I plan to get a truck. I want a black Ford Raptor.”

Congratulations to Mr. Chavarria for his victory. Who will win next year’s Million Dollar Challenge (assuming one is hosted)?

Thanks, Kotaku.


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