Forget UK eSports prize pools of £10,000 – the world’s best World Rally Championship (WRC) player will win a car worth €20,000.
The eSports WRC Championship – hosted by ESL – is a global tournament for the WRC 5 racing game with matches held on combined platforms (PS4, Xbox One and PC).
Qualifications will take place most of this year, then the best 18 drivers will fight for the title during an on-site LAN final at Wales Rally GB from October 27th to 30th.
The winner will become eSports WRC Champion and drive home a ‘premium’ Hyundai i20.
The firms say the car is ‘stylish and sophisticated’, combining ‘a pleasurable ride with great performance’ – not unlike UK eSports pros, no?
The WRC 5 tournament got underway in Rallye Monte-Carlo in January – the next leg will be at Rally Argentina from April 21st to 24th.
Each stage of the eSports competition is taking place in parallel with a real-life WRC round, featuring WRC stars like Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo.
Benoît Clerc, head of software at Bigben Interactive, said: “eSports WRC is a big challenge for us, since creating a virtual tournament which runs simultaneously to the calendar of an official FIA competition is something never seen in the gaming industry.
“As an innovative company, Hyundai will support us by providing a marvellous prize for the winner of the most exciting online racing competition.”
The WRC eSports tournament is organised by Bigben Interactive, Kylotonn Games and WRC Promoter in conjunction with ESL.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.