If you follow video games even a little bit, then you know that “eSports” are kind of a big deal right now. There are massive video game competitions happening all over the world every month and many times there is real cash on the line. Sometimes millions of dollars! While increasingly popular, typically eSports usually revolve around shooting games like Halo, strategy games like DOTA, or fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
Now it seems that Forza Motorsport wants to make their mark in the world of eSports as it has been announced that Forza 6 tournaments will come to Forza 6 via Xbox Live. One tournament will revolve around the real-world racing series Formula E. Along side each Formula-E round this year (starting on March 24th) a special Forza 6 Formula E rivals event will go up on Xbox Live where players will race for the fastest times. Eventually the top 10 players will be flown to London to race against one another for cash prizes.
Another tournament coming to Forza 6 will be sanctioned by Major League Gaming (MLG) and will be based on S-Class cars of their choosing on various tracks. Competitors will be racing for a chance to compete live on an MLG live stream in New York for a share of a cash prize pool.
I think if this does well it will open the door up for more official eSports tournaments in the future. I am definitely excited to see where this goes. Are you going to enter either (or both) of these tournaments? What do you think of Forza getting involved in eSports? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Forza Motorsport 6 has redefined racing on Xbox One with its powerful mix of stellar graphics, stunning realism, and the world’s best cars and tracks. Over the years, the Forza franchise has also established itself as an innovator in competitive racing, with programs such as ForzaFuel for Forza Motorsport 6 and Forza Horizon 2, the Mazda MX-5 Challenge, the Audi AXF-24 Challenge and most recently, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, as well as other live events at the Gfinity Arena in London, San Diego Comic-Con, E3 and BMW Welt in Munich.
Now, fans will have another chance to test their skills against fellow Forza Motorsport 6 players around the world with two brand new eSports racing competitions that pave the way for the future of competitive online racing on Xbox One.
ESL, Formula E and Forza Motorsport 6 – Race Off Pro Series
The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has launched its first ever virtual championship – the Race Off Pro Series. Held alongside the real-world season of the ground-breaking international race series, five online rounds serve as the preview to on-track action happening in Long Beach, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and London. Kicking off on March 24 with the first in a series of Formula E-themed Rivals qualifying events in Forza Motorsport 6, the virtual series will allow fans to compete online for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to London, where they will race in the inaugural Race Off Pro Championship and compete for a cash prize pool against the top ten finishers of the season. To learn more, including how to participate, visit the official tournament website.
Major League Gaming – Forza Motorsport 6 Tournament
On March 26 through May 7, Major League Gaming will host its first Forza Motorsport 6 online tournament. Open to all Forza Motorsport 6 fans, the free-to-enter event will allow players to compete in weekly one-on-one and team-based online race events, featuring S-Class cars on a variety of tracks found in the game. Players will be competing for a chance to race in the live Finals event and earn a share of the cash prize pool, which will be broadcast from the MLG studios in New York City on May 21. In addition, all tournament finalists will receive an in-game gift car. Visit MLG.tv/Forza6 for more information on the tournament and to sign up.
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