Supercars has today announced a national e-Sports competition. In partnership with Harvey Norman, they have established a Forza 6 competition to tie in with the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and the release of Forza 7.
The Harvey Norman Supercars Forza Challenge will be held online throughout September and the start of October, and will record players best lap times around Mount Panorama in a special game mode designed for the competition.
The eight fastest drivers will win a trip to the Bathurst 1000, to be held on the 5th to 8th of October. The eight competitors will then compete in a ten race Championship during a live-streamed finals event to determine the ultimate winner.
The event will be held over the three days and while the qualifiers are held in Forza 6, the final competition will be held in Forza 7, due to be released on the 3rd of October. The competition will take place on number of international tracks featured in the game.
The race will be played in front of a live audience, as well as streamed on Supercars.com, Foxsports.com.au, and throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East via their respective Supercars broadcast partners.
During the race, the drivers will be teaming up with some of Supercars’ top drivers, including defending Champion Shane van Gisbergen, current Championship leader Scott McLaughlin and former Bathurst winners Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat for an All-Stars Challenge. Supercars drivers David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth, Simona De Silvestro and 17-year old Alex Rullo will also co-drive in the All-Stars challenge.
Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page said this competition has been in the pipeline for quite a while, saying that “We have been working with Supercars and Microsoft for over a year to bring this e-Sports challenge to life. Gaming is one of Harvey Norman’s fastest growing categories, so it is guaranteed to be a fan favourite.”
In addition, Supercars CEO James Warburton, in a press release, said that “the synergy and popularity of racing games and the sport of Supercars means that a e-Sports Championship in 2018 will become a natural extension of our product offering.”
This can only mean that this won’t be the last Supercars e-sports competition we see. This is only made more interesting by AFL’s recent interest in the field, as they announced in May they wish to hold a esports tournament in their newly acquired Etihad Stadium. They have also been pushing AFL clubs to sponsor or create their own teams, as the Adelaide Crows did last year when they purchased their very own League of Legends team, Legacy Esports. It seems mainstream sporting is finally catching on to the rise of esports, and while fears of a cash grab with little respect for the community may be valid, it’s nice to see some investment in local teams.
To register for the Harvey Norman Supercars Forza Challenge head to www.supercars.com/esports