GTPlanet user @mrPetros recently brought to our attention a new eSports competition, in which reality meets virtual racing.
Players of Forza Motorsport 6 are in line to receive a series of new special events which will use the game’s FIA Formula E content. The initial announcement also has details of a live event scheduled to take place on the 23rd of January at the Gfinity Arena, London’s purpose-built eSports centre. The “Race Off” will see the latest generation of two legendary names go head to head once more, as Mahindra driver Bruno Senna and Renault e.dams driver Nico Prost are pitted against each other on the Xbox One title.
The event isn’t just a spectacle for fans however. Forza players will have the opportunity to challenge both their friends and the professionals, with the event being live streamed in full across Formula E’s official Twitch and YouTube channels. The Prague, Rio, Long Beach and Top Gear tracks have been all but confirmed through a hint on the Formula E website, allowing players to log as many practice laps as possible before the event.
The move to stage such a competition reflects Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag’s wider vision for the series, which involves bringing motorsport to a new, younger audience, with technology allowing a “revolution” in fan interaction. Agag also added that the move can be heralded as a “testament to the growth of eSports across all sectors”, pointing towards a future in which racing fans will be able to connect with the sport like never before.
More updates, including the event format and details for registration, are scheduled to be released later this week. Make sure to keep an eye on the official website as well as the GTP News section as more details are released.