ESL Faceit Group (EFG), the holding company behind eSports tournament organizer ESL Gaming, has unveiled a new sim racing competition.
ESL Faceit Group (EFG), the holding company behind eSports tournament organizer ESL Gaming, has unveiled a new sim racing competition in collaboration with sim racing platform Rainsport. ESL R1 will see 12 teams, ranging from notable esports outfits to car manufacturers, compete for a share of €500,000 (~£438,998) in prize money.
Each of the 12 teams will have four divers. In the starting line-up, eight of the 12 sides have been named ESL R1 Partner teams, with four wildcard competitors also participating. The tournament consists of seven regular-season races starting at the IEM Expo from 10–12 February. If you need more information about ESL FACEIT Group Launches €500,000 Sim Racing Series then read carefully and don’t forget to share with your friends.
The ESL R1 season will consist of a spring and fall season. Each season, the top 24 drivers qualify for the ESL R1 Major which determines the final champion. The creation of the ESL R1 is ESL FACEIT Group’s first foray into sim racing with RENNSPORT. The platform is aiming to launch a closed beta this month before a full release in December.
The 12 teams competing in the inaugural ESL R1 are:
Sim racing continues to expand at an impressive rate following its initial boom during the COVID-19 pandemic, with real-world motorsport using multiple platforms to host virtual events. Since then, the likes of F1 Esports and the Le Mans Virtual Series have hosted annual seasons featuring eye-catching names such as two-time Formula One world champion Max Verstappen.
There is a qualifying session before each race to set the grid. Those who finish each race below sixth place are eliminated and cannot advance in that round. Each race lasts for 20 minutes. Tire wear and fuel consumption are active, but there are no pitstops.
Roger Lodwick, President of Sports Games at ESL FACEIT Group, spoke at the ESL R1 launch: “The sim racing space is one of the leading eSports verticals in the sports gaming field. “With the ESL R1, we are taking our first big step into this exciting world. This is a unique opportunity to do so alongside renowned eSports and traditional racing brands, alongside our ambitious partner RENNSPORT. Thrilled to be of service to the sim racing community.
For 2022, ESL R1 will have two seasons, Spring and Fall. The spring season consists of nine rounds, the first two in-person during IEM Expo Katowice in Poland – an event primarily for CS:GO fans and competitors. Each individual round will consist of seven races in a knock-out system, as tested at the Rainsport Summit 1 in May 2022: four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final.