The tournament was billed as the marquee event in the competitive FIFA calendar, and the Blues were one of 19 clubs that were invited to take part as the players battled for a spot in the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final, which takes place later this month.
The 24 players were split into two divisions, Xbox and Playstation, with each division containing two groups of six players. The top two players from each group qualified for the divisional semi-final, which then progressed to the divisional final and then the final of the FICWC.
Kez represented City in the Xbox side and had a positive start to the tournament, beating River Plate’s Franoplay in his opening game.
Lyon’s Rafsou was up next, and he was easily dispatched in a 3-1 victory. It was an impressive result for City, particularly as Rafsou went on to win the Xbox division, and finish runner-up of the entire tournament.
All was looking well for Kez heading into the final three group games, but three defeats against Roma’s Poacher, Stuttgart’s DreRhano and Schalke’s TimLatka saw him eliminated from the competition.
Despite the premature exit, there were plenty of positives to take away from the event, not least Brown's stellar early-round performances, and the invaluable experience he will have gained from participating in the tournament.
Brown commented: “I got off to a decent start with two wins and then messed up. I missed some easy chances and made a few dumb mistakes and they cost me - they always cost you at this level.”
“It’s all about who takes their chances and who has some on luck on the day.”
With the FIFA 17 calendar coming to a close, attention soon turns to FIFA 18. There'll surely be more to come from Brown when competition kicks off once again later this year.