Guinness World Records™ and mobile rewards network Kiip today announced the results of their five-day long challenge which had mobile gamers competing for the ultimate reward: an opportunity to be an official Guinness World Records™ title holder.
To competition, which saw nearly 200,000 scores posted around the world, challenged gamers to register the highest score on the hugely popular mobile game 'Mega Jump'.
With nearly 200,000 scores posted around the world, the record was set by Philipp Schneckenburger, a 21-year old Swiss accountant from the remote village of Stein, Switzerland, who registered a whopping score of 6,133,889.
His incredible achievement will now be included in as the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition, which is due to hit book shelves in January.
Philipp, an avid music and soccer fan who rarely played mobile games, and has now been plucked from obscurity into Guinness World Records™ history, commented: "First I played just for fun. It turned into playing for four hours straight to make sure I could qualify for a chance to break the record. It's funny because I normally don't play video or mobile games!"
"Now all my colleagues call me a world record holder! It feels great", he added.
Philipp was introduced to Mega Jump in early September by his American cousin while vacationing in the US.
He decided to play on a whim before becoming instantly hooked. Upon his return to Switzerland, he downloaded the popular 'Mega Jump' app.
The Kiip/Guinness World Records five-day long competition ran from September 28th through October 3rd. The competition commenced an on-going feature that will see players of every Kiip-enabled game being potentially eligible to become a Guinness World Records™ holder in future editions of the digital and print publications.
Commenting on the challenge, Brian Wong, Founder & CEO of Kiip said, "This competition was a perfect way to show the world really what this partnership represented in a fun, 5-day long event.
"We saw hundreds of thousands of scores posted from around the world. We couldn't be more excited about Philipp's high score. He will be one of many world record holders by this time next year. We can't wait!"
"We've truly upped the ante on what players around the world can now strive for; but it's closer in reach than ever before in history. This truly changes how we perceive the significance of mobile gaming today."
Welcoming Philipp into the Guinness World Records' family, Sam Fay, SVP USA & Global Marketing for GWR said: "Guinness World Records is proud to reward Philip Shneckenburger as the new titleholder for The Highest Score Achieved on Mega Jump' and are hopeful this can catapult record attempts in the mobile gaming space! Everyone has the opportunity to achieve greatness at anytime, in the palm of one's hand."