Online Porsche eSports Championship Launched
Porsche is putting its weight behind a new eSports computer racing championship, working with partner iRacing the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series will start in January 2019, it will run over several months throughout the year. Some 40 sim racing drivers from across the world will race the 911 GT3 Cup car online competing for total prize money of $100,000 (USD). The series will comprise ten weekends and will take place exclusively online.
“Porsche is more and more involved with eSports and racing simulations. Putting together a world championship like this one is important evidence of our increasing commitment to the sport,” said Dr. Kjell Gruner, Vice President Marketing at Porsche.
A leading provider of realistic online racing simulations, iRacing has been hosting online world championships for a decade. This new competition was announced at the Porsche SimRacing Summit which took place at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany – where the likes of the Macan, Cayenne and Panamera are built. The Summit was the culmination of an online racing competition where racers qualified online through iRacing to earn invitations, the finals saw €30,000 up for grabs – 32 participants competed head-to-head for their share of the prize money. Amongst the 32 was Le Mans winner, Porsche works driver, and Carrera Cup GB team owner (JTR), Nick Tandy. Tandy is an accomplished sim racer and tweeted that he had finished the first day of competition in the top 16.
Porsche and iRacing have an existing relationship having collaborated on several live tournaments where racers compete from the same location, the Porsche SimRacing Trophy in September 2018 drew 40 participants to the Nürburgring. Spectators can follow all ten rounds of the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series on YouTube (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network), with additional broadcast channels set to be announced.
Part of iRacing’s USP is that it is accessible to all; ‘to get started, all you need is a PC gaming computer, controller and a broadband internet connection’ to join the tens-of-thousands already racing in its community. To learn more about iRacing visit the website: www.iracing.com