Los Angeles chosen to host FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011

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The LA Galaxy's Home Depot Arena will host 24 of the world's top FIFA 11 players this June for the seventh FIFA Interactive World Cup Finals, concluding a seven-month, 700,000-player video game tournament.

June 9's grand final starts at 4pm, with a $20,000 prize (€14k, £12k) and a personal invitation to the next FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony up for grabs.

The event takes place at the same time as LA's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, as well as the FIFA-sanctioned Gold Cup, which will see two of its matches hosted at the Home Depot Arena on June 6.

For fans of fighting games, the Evolution World Finals are scheduled for July 29-31 in Las Vegas, featuring Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, and Super Street Fighter IV.

In August, 222 of the very best Pokémon trainers will meet in San Diego for August's Pokémon Video Game World Championship - European and North American qualifiers start mid-May.

The FIFA Interactive World Cup's website is FIFA.com/FIWC.