Esports racers on the popular rFactor sim racing platform will get the chance to race their way into the real-world driver’s seat with a prize valued at more than US$1 million thanks to World’s Fastest Gamer.
RFactor 2 gamers will have the chance to qualify for the World’s Fastest Gamer Grand Final via an online time trial run on the Sebring International Raceway course which runs from August 5 to 18. The top 20 racers will then do battle in a live-streamed 40-minute race on August 24.
In addition to earning the chance to chase the full-time real-world racing stint worth more than US$1 million, a US$10,000 prize pool will be up for grabs in the final race.
The winning rFactor driver will join eight hand-picked racers by the World’s Fastest Gamer judging panel plus the winner of the Gear.Club mobile game time trial.
World’s Fastest Gamer brings together the best esports racers on the planet for a chance to become a full-time racing driver. Rather than concentrate on a single race platform, World’s Fastest Gamer brings together races from sim racing titles rFactor2, Project Cars 2, Assetto Corsa and iRacing, console games GT Sport and Forza plus mobile game Gear.Club.
“We’ve hand-picked a number of existing top racers from a number of other platforms but the talent pool is so deep in rFactor, we decided to use this competition to find the best of the best,” World’s Fastest Gamer head judge, Monaco Grand Prix, two-time Indy 500 and three-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Juan Pablo Montoya said.
“The rFactor platform also gives us a unique insight into the contestant’s skills – the simulator is so realistic it will really let us know who is up to the task of real-world competition.
“My fellow judge and World’s Fastest Gamer series one winner Rudy van Buren came from rFactor, so I expect there are going to be a lot of racers who are extremely keen to follow in his footsteps.”
The winner in season one and a judge in season two, van Buren made his debut in the Porsche Supercup round at Hockenheim last weekend. Aston Martin team R-Motorsport also showcased season two with a World’s Fastest Gamer livery aboard the No. 762 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hour – a race the season two winner will compete in next year.
The ultimate winner of World’s Fastest Gamer will make the transition from gamer to racer to enjoy a full season of GT racing competition in 2020. They will compete at some of the most prestigious tracks in the world, including Spa-Francorchamps, Paul Ricard, Silverstone, and the Nurburgring.
Mobile gamers are currently racing to qualify via the Gear.Club game available on both Apple and Android platforms. The Gear.Club competition runs to August 8.
“We’re taking esports racing to new levels again for the second season of World’s Fastest Gamer,” event founder and Millennial Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said.
“There are other esports competitions for each racing platform, but there is nothing like World’s Fastest Gamer that brings together the best esports racers on the planet regardless of what game they compete on.
‘There have also been prizes before that have offered the chance to do a single race – but this is the first time that there is a guaranteed full season of competition for the winning gamer.”