MLB 2K12 Brings Back the $1 Million Challenge

The popular competition returns for the third straight year with a few adjustments.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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For the third straight year in a row, 2K Sports is bringing back the $1 million challenge to coincide with the launch of Major League Baseball 2K12 and the start of the MLB season. However, there is a wrinkle being introduced into the equation. Instead of just awarding the prize money to the first person to pitch a perfect game online, 2K Sports will be hosting a live tournament featuring the top 8 players who’ve pitched perfect games.

Starting on April 4, 2012 (MLB Opening Day), players will begin competing for a spot in the top eight rankings. According to 2K Sports, the finalists will be determined thanks to a dynamic online leaderboard that ranks the top perfect games thrown. Players can repeatedly attempt to improve their positioning until the end of April when 2K selects the finalists.

2K Sports is also simplifying the submission process for this year’s competition. In past years you had to record a video of yourself pitching a perfect game and submit it for legitimacy proofing. That is no longer the case. This year you only need to play in the “Perfect Game Challenge Mode” online and submit a unique code at www.2ksports.com/perfectgame upon finishing a perfect game.

“With the Perfect Game Challenge firmly entrenched in the culture of sports gaming, we’re thrilled to introduce several new twists that can only take the contest to the next level of competitive excitement and open it up to more people,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing at 2K Sports. “The contest has been incredibly popular the past two years, but there’s always room for improvement. We listened to user feedback and made participation more fun and accessible than ever before.”

Major League Baseball 2K12 releases on March 6, 2012. Who plans to pick it up and get rich by playing a video game?