eSports Team: VfL Wolfsburg
With ample experience, and a strong performance of 153 wins that slotted him in fourth place in the November 2016 qualifying leaderboards, Benedikt “BenediktSaltzer” Saltzer was one of the heavy favorites to claim the Regional Finals title in Paris. The Gernsheim native didn’t disappoint, finishing first in his group with 2 wins and 1 loss. From there, the experienced player was able to reach the lower bracket semifinal, placing fourth.
Coming into Berlin for the FIFA Ultimate Championship, he will try to add another title to his already brilliant career, which started in 2009. A four-time German champion, BenediktSaltzer has been a household name within FIFA competitive circles, but he gained an increased relevance when he became the first-ever FIFA player to sign a contract with a major club, VfL Wolfsburg. The bold move by the German club opened the floodgates, and other clubs worldwide have followed suit.