Competitive racing powerhouse Formula 1 have just held the fourth round of qualifications for this year’s F1 Esports Tournament.
The second season of its kind, international gamers are given the chance to compete in a series of online tournaments with the hopes of becoming an Esports driver for an official F1 team, including the likes of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Hype Energy eForce India, Williams F1 Esports Team and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
Frank Sagnier, CEO at Warwick based Codemasters, the developers behind the Formula 1 games, said: “Codemasters is extremely proud to be involved in the F1 Esports Series. The quality of the racing we saw during last year’s series was spectacular and the integration of the teams for the coming season is going to take the competition and its promotion to the next level.
“We strongly believe that esports is a platform that allows us to engage with a wide, diverse audience in addition to our traditional gaming community.”
Gamers will be battling it out on the game “F1 2017” using platforms such as PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC. The ten fastest players on each platform will race-off in a live-streamed event with the top three on each platform qualifying for the first ever Pro Draft.
The Pro Draft is where the official Formula 1 teams involved in the F1 Esports Series will select gamers to compete in the second half of the tournament. The second half will comprise of three live events that will determine the 2018 F1 Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions winning a cash prize of $200,000 (approx. £150,220).
Finland based gamer, Joni Törmälä, is one hopeful who has earned a place on the Pro Draft line-up after finishing second place overall.
“I have been just trying to keep myself in shape and be as ready as possible for the coming draft, which happens at the start of July. As long as I keep working the way I’ve worked the past months, I should have a good chance to meet my expectations,” said Törmälä.
Although questions still loom about whether Japan will be the first to introduce Esports in the 2020 Olympics, there is much effort from the likes of F1 to make sure that those who enjoy the sport, have the means and the platforms to do so.
Round two of this season’s games begin in July, 2018.
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