Formula One announces the second season of the F1 Esports Championship
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 4, 2018 Updated: 3:32 PM PT
As round two of the 2018 Formula One season begins at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the second season of Formula One’s ESports series has been announced to begin later this month. The second season plans to take things to the next level as F1 official teams join in on the action and begin to start their own Esports teams.
Last year under the new owners of Formula One, Liberty Media, the sport broke new ground as the pinnacle of motorsport and welcomed the world of Esports into the F1 community with the launch of the of the F1 ESports series in conjunction with the game’s creators Codemasters and the ESports gurus GFinity.
Participants competing this season will have the opportunity to earn a spot on one of the official F1 Esports teams including Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Force India F1 Team, Williams, Renault Sport F1 Team, Haas F1 Team, McLaren, Toro Rosso, and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team with Ferrari uncertain if they will participate or not.
“It has always been our goal to get the teams involved as soon as possible and we are delighted that they have recognized the potential of the F1 Esports Series at such an early stage. Last year’s series was a great success and demonstrated that there is a clear audience and interest in this innovative, exciting form of racing. We will continue to invest in the Esports Series as we feel it is a great way for us to interact and engage with a new audience,” said Julian Tan, Head of Digital Growth & F1 Esports at Formula One.
This season will also see a change in the format as the season will split into two parts. The first half of the season will consist of qualifying rounds where gamers from around the world will do battle on Formula One’s official game, F1 2017. The top 40 gamers will continue on to the Pro Draft, the second half of the season.
The first of four rounds of qualifying will take place April 13 and will stretch across all game consoles and PC’s. The ten fastest players from each platform will be chosen to compete in the final event. This event will be streamed live, and the top three gamers will go on to the Pro Draft.
The second half of the series kicks off in September as the chosen drivers battle in three live events. In addition to the driver championship, a team championship has been added to the series.For almost a decade Codemasters has continued to provide players with an immersive gaming experience inside the world of Formula One Racing.
Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier said, “Codemasters is extremely proud to be involved in the F1 Esports Series. The quality of the racing we saw during last year’s series was spectacular and the integration of the teams for the coming season is going to take the competition and its promotion to the next level. We strongly believe that Esports is a platform that allows us to engage with a wide, diverse audience in addition to our traditional gaming community.”
Gfinity has also established itself as one of the leading esports companies showcasing gaming events around the UK.
Neville Upton, Gfinity CEO said, “We are excited to be retained by Formula 1 as the events partner. F1 and Codemasters maximised the true potential last year by fully integrating the F1 Esports Series into the final Grand Prix weekend in Abu Dhabi through both their linear TV partners and streaming platforms and we look forward to building on that success in season two with more events and broadcast opportunities.”
As we watch to see who will be crowned the 2018 Formula One champion, we will also be keeping a close eye on the season of the F1 Esports championship.
For information on the F1 Esports Series visit www.f1esports.com.