Racing always played an integral role of the video game industry as one of the most loved and played genres of game. The growth of esports and the introduction of the new generation of consoles in late 2020 means that this shows no signs of changing with virtual racing continuing to be a firm favourite with players around the world.
The facts and figures also speak for themselves: the anticipated 2021 global Esports audience is skying at 1.89 billion people with 30% of all console gamers classing “racing” as their favourite genre.
In 2020 Team WRT initiated its 1st esports initiatives by competing in a range of online sim racing competitions directly wining the Creventic Monza 12h on top of being selected by the ACO in the 1st ever official virtual Le Mans 24h. In 2021, Esports Team WRT runs race programs in the Le Mans Virtual Series, SRO Esports GT Pro Series and World eX.
Le Mans Virtual Series
Le Mans Virtual Series is a global, elite esports series made up of five rounds which bring together endurance racing and sim racing’ top teams to compete on some of the world’s most famous racetracks. International FIA-licensed real-world drivers are teamed up with leading esports protagonists to take on endurance classics for a total prize fund of US$250,000, culminating in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual which will take place live and televised at the Autosport Show International at the Birmingham NEC (UK). Le Mans Virtual Series is a joint venture between leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series throughout the world, Motorsport Games, and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO)- the creator and organizer of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).
The vision for the expanded virtual series is to be as prestigious and recognizable as the real-world FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans as its spotlight event. The esports series will continue to use rFactor 2 as its platform, which is more focused on the sim-racing audience and provides a more authentic experience. There will also be more focus on increased race and strategy analysis during broadcasts to boost fan interest and engagement.
For its entry in the maiden series Team WRT and its Esport partner Simtag Simulators create a joint-venture, the “Team WRT Simtag Esports”. Together they aim at the same success in Esports as Team WRT in real races.
SRO Esports GT Pro Series
The Esports GT Pro Series heralds a new era for sim racing and motorsport. There's a genuine possibility, therefore, that virtual results will decide the outcome of a real-world international championship for the first time in motorsport history. Organised by SRO Motorsports Group in collaboration with AK Esports, The Sim Grid, Coach Dave Academy and based on the official GT World Challenge game, Assetto Corsa Competizione by Kunos Simulazioni, the championship offers one of the most advanced and futuristic sim racing format ever seen inside a real motorsport paddock. Indeed, nowhere else can world-class GT drivers score real-world points on the virtual race track using such advanced racing simulators.
Pro and Silver class podium finishers will score either one, two or three points towards their respective real-world Overall Teams’ Championship total, meaning as many as 15 points are available across 2021’s five rounds. There’s a genuine possibility, therefore, that virtual results will decide the outcome of a real-world international championship for the first time in motorsport history. The five races, which each last one hour, take place during GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup weekends, thus providing a perfect synergy between real and virtual action.
World eX is a new microcosm combining entertainment and sustainability with a clear mission: supporting the fight against climate change with the help of motorsports and esports. #RacingForTheClimate and the RCCO World eX Championship – the esports racing series for electric prototypes.
Ex stands for electric experimental prototypes – the most stunning and powerful electric racing cars in the world. Only experienced (real and virtual) racing drivers are able to extract the maximum out of these powerful, but still sustainable beasts. eX prototypes combine the architecture of the latest electric road cars with state-of-the-art racing technology.