Gamer Sets World Record Playing on Mount Everest

December 3, 2014

For most gamers, gaming is an indoors hobby, with the exception of maybe a quick game on Angry Birds on the bus. However, one 23-year-old has taken gaming to completely new heights, setting a new world record after playing a video game on the top of Mount Everest.

In anticipation of the release of “Far Cry 4” – the latest installment of the first-person shooter adventure series set in a region of the Himalayas – producers Ubisoft chose lucky fan, and Utah native, William Cruz as the winner of its “Quest for Everest: The Gaming Journey of a Lifetime” contest, in which he won the opportunity to make the journey up Everest and play the game with a spectacular view in front of him.

Although a keen hiker, Cruz was no hardened traveler and had never been outside of the United States before. He had to file for a passport to be able to make the trip.

Yet, far from being a gimmicky jaunt, Cruz told that he visit Kathmandu, Khumjung Monastery, the Khumbu Glacier, and eventually the Ubisoft Base Camp at Mount Everest during his journey. While he was familiar with the mountains of Utah, Cruz said that the experience was no easy quest.

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