eSports WRC starts today with the Rallye Monte-Carlo
First qualification round for the season finale at Wales Rally GB 2016
eSports WRC is the first international online World Rally Championship competition. eSports WRC brings the best WRC 5 drivers together for a tournament that lasts from January to October, at the same time as the 2016 WRC season.
eSports WRC is available on Playstation®4, Xbox One and PC.
Video game publisher and distributor Bigben Interactive, WRC Promoter, Kylotonn Games and the world’s largest eSports company, ESL, are excited to launch today the eSports WRC Championship, a global tournament using WRC 5, the official FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) game.
Rallye Monte-Carlo is traditionally known as one of the most exciting rally events but also as the WRC season launch for many years now. This year, Rallye Monte-Carlo also celebrates the start of the eSports WRC Championship.
For this first qualifying round, eSports WRC will be on a stage called La Salle En Beaumont – Corps, composed of ice (35%) and Tarmac (65%) which will be the first challenge for players around the world who have been practising it since December 15th.
The battle for the eSports world title will bring the best WRC 5 drivers together for a tournament from January to October and the on-site finale will be held at Wales Rally GB (27 – 30 October), where the first eSport WRC Champion will be crowned.
The eSports WRC season is divided into two halves with 5 qualifying rounds and a semi-final for each half. The semi-finals will be played online during Rally Italia Sardegna (9 – 12 June) and Rally RACCCatalunya (13 – 16 October), right before the grand finale at Wales Rally GB, where the best 18 drivers will be invited to fight for the title.
Players just need to download one of the eSports Pack (DLC) to get access to the dedicated stages of each rally. From this moment, practise is unlimited but during the rally weekends, they will have only one opportunity each day to record their best time (from Thursday to Sunday noon). On Sunday afternoon, the ESL crew will invite the best drivers for a Sunday tournament which will be broadcast on Twitch. At the end of this Sunday Tournament, the best 3 drivers on each platform will gain their access to the semi-final and to the grand Finale. See the calendar below for more details.
eSports WRC is a virtual adventure which will put players in the boots of real drivers as they feel the excitement and the pressure of rallying / competing in the most difficult and challenging conditions as the real stars of the WRC do!
The tournament is organised by Bigben Interactive, Kylotonn Games, WRC Promoter, in conjunction with ESL, the world’s largest eSports company.
eSports WRC is available available on Playstation®4, Xbox One and PC. The DLC #1 (7.99€) and the Season Pass* (14.99€) has been available since December 15th (2015). DLC #2 (7.99€) will be available from April 2016.
* Season Pass is only available on PlayStation®4 and PC, not on Xbox One.