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Hardware and accessories brand Acer has announced that registration for its ‘Beat the Pro’ Predator Sim Racing Cup 2021 is now open.
The tournament – featuring goodies worth £50,000 – is powered by Indycar driver and former F1 driver Romain Grosjean, who has his own sim racing team R8G Esports. It will use the Assetto Corsa game and hopes to attract fans of motorsports, gamers and enthusiasts, as well as sim racers.
Entry to the Beat the Pro Predator Sim Racing Cup in the UK will be determined by a hot-lap qualifying. Up to 20 single drivers will be able to compete in the UK final, which will last 45 minutes.
The UK national champion will gain automatic entry to the International Final in June, racing against 14 other national champions and the pro drivers of the R8G Esports team. The champion of the International Final will win an exclusive money-can’t-buy experience to join the R8G Esports team for one year.
Participants can sign up to the Predator Sim Racing Cup here, with full terms and conditions here; registration closes on May 14th.
All drivers of the UK Predator Sim Racing Cup 2021 will have access to a Mercedes AMG GT3 racing on the historic Monza circuit, known for cars having to brake from 350km/h to just 70km/h, while the circuit for the International Final will be selected by all participating national champions by voting.
The Predator Sim Racing Cup 2021 in the UK will be streamed live and supported by local gaming influencers, with TwoAngryGamers and Hadz guiding fans through the action. Further broadcast details of the International Final will be announced ahead of the event.
“Acer has always and continues to pioneer in making esports accessible to everyone and supporting new talent at a grassroot level,” said Hajo Blingen, vice president of marketing at Acer EMEA.
“With the Predator Sim Racing Cup 2021, we have created our own international and fully digital esports competition for the first time, which brings a new level of excitement to simracers, gamers, racing and motorsport fans with a high attractive price pool for the winners.
“We are extremely excited about this new campaign working in close collaboration with motorsport legend Romain Grosjean, his R8G Esports team and top retail partners in up to 30 countries.”
Full list of prizes
The top three drivers in each National Cup will receive the following prizes:
- Trophy and official R8G T-shirt
- Predator Orion 3000
- Gaming monitor
- Keyboard Predator Aethon 300
- Predator Cestus 350 Gaming Mouse
- Predator Gaming MousePad XXL
- Headset Predator Galea 350
- Predator gaming backpack with teal blue
The International Final prize pool consists of:
- Receive a full Predator branded racing rig set up (Fanatec Podium wheel base DD2, Fanatec Podium racing wheel F1, Fanatec Clubsport Pedals V3 pedals, Sim lab P1-X racing cockpit)
- Become a member of the Romain Grosjean R8G Junior Sim Racing Team for one year, receive mentoring, skills development and participate in the international tournament series
Separate UK competition offers a £2,500 gaming set up and 100 Xbox Game Passes
Acer is also running a separate competition, allowing UK entrants to get the chance to win additional prizes including a gaming set up worth £2,500, merchandise signed by Romain Grosjean and one of 100 Xbox Games Passes for PC.
UK entrants can enter the competition via this Gleam Competition link.
Also, to celebrate this event, Acer is giving customers the chance to get a three-year warranty and up to six months of Xbox Game Pass for PC worth up to £117.79 when they purchase a qualifying Acer Predator laptop, or Predator desktop from participating retailers between May 1st and June 30th 2021. There’s full details here.
For anyone who wants to buy an Acer Predator product off the back of this, there are Acer offers available here.
Romain Grosjean founded his own sim racing team R8G Esports in April 2020, and has Predator on board as an official partner since the team’s launch.
Participants can register for the Predator Sim Racing Cup here and enter the separate competition here.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.