As we revealed earlier in the week, if you’re into iRacing and Porsches, you could find yourself racing for a share of a $100,000 prize pot in 2019.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for iRacing’s esports activities next year — the tenth since the platform started hosting world championships in 2008. In total, across its six esport World Championships for 2019, there’s a $300,000 prize fund available.
The two biggest pots go to the Porsche iRacing World Championship and the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series. This is NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned esports world championships, and there’s another $100,000 of prize money available.
Four other series see an increase in prize money to a $25,000 total each. This includes the VRS GT iRacing World Championship, a team endurance racing series.
It’s not just limited to track driving either. The iRacing Rallycross World Championship also gets a $25,000 prize fund. That’s joined by two World of Outlaws dirt oval series, for Sprint Cars and Late Models.
Dave Kaemmer, founder and CEO of iRacing.com, said:
“This is exactly what we envisioned we would be doing when we launched iRacing in 2008 – create the most competitive and authentic racing simulation. We have serious prize money for all of these World Championship series now. eSports are here to stay and the commitment from iRacing and our amazing partners shows we are in it for the long haul.”
The six championships get underway with Porsche qualifying in January. The iRacing esports network will broadcast all of the races live across its Youtube, Facebook and Twitch platforms, as well as on iRacing.com.