Man Sets Guinness World Record for Video Gaming

Ubisoft sends a man to Nepal to play Far Cry 4 and he wins a Guinness World Record for "Highest Altitude Videogame Session".

This past summer, Ubisoft created a contest where one lucky gamer would win a trip to Nepal and climb Mount Everest to play Far Cry 4 before it's officially released.

William Cruz, a 23-year-old resident of Utah, was the winner of the contest and the person who set a Guinness World Record for Highest Altitude Videogame Console Session on Land. Cruz documented his journey on the Far Cry 4 website with some vlogs, which you can watch here. While Cruz is technically the person who participated in the videogame session, Ubisoft holds the record for enabling the entire trip.

Cruz left Utah and flew to Nepal, where he traveled to many cities before making it to the Everest base camp. The base camp had an altitude of 17,500ft (5,333m).

In the original contest advertisement, Ubisoft claimed that the gamer would climb Mount Everest; in reality, Cruz went to the Everest base camp and used that as a starting point to climb the mountain Kala Patthar. On Kala Patthar, he spent 79 minutes playing Far Cry 4 at an elevation of 18,569 feet (5,660m). The game console he used was specially crafted to deal with the low air pressure and frozen weather. Cruz was wrapped in his own snow gear to ride out the harsh conditions.

Ubisoft used this contest to promote Far Cry 4, which comes out this November. Far Cry 4 takes place in Kyrat, a mountainous region of the Himalayas, so the Everest contest brought attention to the game's landscape. Additionally, the Guinness World Record will probably help advertise the upcoming shooter, no matter how oddly specific that record may be.


Writer, Photographer, Foodie. The Nintendo 64 was my first love, but RPGs have quickly taken over my life. I complete every side quest and play every character, but let's be real- HK-47 from KotOR is my absolute favorite.

Published Nov. 9th 2014
  • Sara Ventura
    This is crazy. I didn't hear about this contest!
  • Benjamski
    I hadn't either, this is awesome!
  • Evan_7393
    Wouldn't anyone who games while on a plane actually be at a higher altitude?
  • Kathryn Baker
    The technical full title of the record is "Highest Altitude Videogame Console Session on Land" so airplanes wouldn't count.
  • radogamer
    Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase "chillin out while gaming" Great story!

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