A group of video gamers will challenge a team of Formula E racing car drivers for a $1million prize in a virtual race next January.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he ‘ePrix’ will feature 10 members of the public chosen through online qualifying races taking on a team of 20 professional racing drivers in a specially designed track based around the Las Vegas Strip.
Video gaming and eSports have become a hugely significant market around the world and this event is timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show as part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit.
With eSports events regularly filling out stadiums around the world for a variety of events, Formula E Championship CEO Alejandro Agag highlighted the broad appeal of the ‘ePrix’ to engage with its fans. He explained: “Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace.”
Agag also highlighted how the prize money of $1million had originally been planned as a one-off prize but was modified to appeal to video gamers who are motivated by different levels as well as allowing more levels of participation during the tournament. The new jackpot will allow a maximum of quarter of a million dollars to any one person and Agag believes this will probably be won by a gamer.
The Formula E race will see competitors use Playseat simulators along with the latest technology and Agag has even hinted at the possibility that if January’s event is a success, there could be a full championship in the future. He added: “We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution. Gamers, welcome to Formula E – let’s race.”