Just one month after becoming the first German to claim a world title in competitive FIFA, Mohammed "MoAuba" Harkous and reigning Bundesliga champion and Werder Bremen teammate, Michael "MegaBit" Bittner, were invited to vist Electronic Arts’ headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.
MoAuba stunned the world of competitive FIFA gaming by winning the World Cup to end the competitive FIFA19 season at the beginning of August. Harkous beat Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad 3-2 on aggregate in the final. This coming after a two-legged match across both the Playstation and Xbox consoles.
"I didn't expect it [to win] because Dossary was the big favourite for the title," MoAuba said when speaking about his world title win. "But I believed in my chance and my strength. I'm very happy that it worked out in the end."
It’s been a historic season for the German gaming scene, and especially for Bremen as an Esports club. Back in May, Bremen’s two competitive FIFA gamers came up against each other in the Grand Final of the Virtual Bundesliga with MegaBit winning an incredible two-legged match 7-6 to become the Bundesliga champion.
Just three months later and now Bremen can boast the Bundesliga and world champions. That sort of success has been recognised by EA, who invited the pair out for an action-packed tour of Vancouver.
The German duo tested the upcoming FIFA20 game – the highly-anticipated release of which will be on 24 September - and helped developers to improve the game. They also met stars of MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, and experienced gaming in Canada’s first and only Gaming Stadium.
"It was a very valuable exchange of ideas for all sides. We were made to feel very welcome and were given some very intriguing insight to the world of eMLS and of the two clubs, while we could also share Werder Bremen and the Bundesliga’s own goals surrounding eSports," said Dominik Kupilas, head of Werder Esports, who was part of the club’s four-man delegation in Canada.
With Esports continuing to grow around the world, MoAuba and MegaBit are seen as major parts of Bremen. The pair have even come up against some of their football-playing teammates, with plenty more matches still to be played between them.
"There are some players playing FIFA, but I don't know exactly who is the best," MoAuba said. "The best player I played against was Nuri Sahin. But Maxi Eggestein should also be very good. But there hasn't been a duel yet."