Not to long ago Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios announced that Forza Motorsport was getting involved in eSports and teaming up Major League Gaming to host major tournaments and competitions with real cash prizes on the line. Forza also teamed up with Formula E to pit Forza players against real Formula E drivers. Today it was announced that Turn 10 Studios will bring a Forza Racing Championship series to Forza Motorsport 6. There will be tiered competition so that everyone from beginners to more advanced players can enter different contests and play for real prizes.
It wasn’t announced when the Championship will start but it was stated that it will begin sometime this year and that more details will come out later. Perhaps we’ll learn more about this at E3? To celebrate the announcement of the Championship as well as the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, Turn 10 is making the Chip Ganassi #66 Ford GT Le Mans race car available to Forza Motorsport 6 players via free DLC codes. The codes will start going out today and will continue to roll out through the 24 hour race. A special Ford GT “rivals” event will also be added to the game so that players can try to top each other’s lap times in the new race car.
What do you think about the Forza Racing Championship? Do you intend to enter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. For more info check out the official trailer for the Forza Racing Championship and the official press release below.
Forza Racing Championship/Ford GT race car trailer:
Forza is the highest acclaimed, best-selling racing franchise of this generation*, with more than 11 million gamers having played Forza on Xbox One and over three million players racing in Forza every month. With the recent addition of the NASCAR Expansion, Forza Motorsport 6 now includes more than 600 fully detailed Forzavista™ cars as well as an unmatched lineup of global racing destinations and disciplines. The sheer scale, authenticity and quality of Forza’s content, together with its massively dedicated community of racers, painters and tuners, have made Forza and Xbox the home for racing.
Just as Forza Motorsport 6 and its community has continued to grow, so has our commitment to competitive online racing and eSports. This year we’ve hosted cash tournaments with Major League Gaming, a global virtual racing league endorsed by the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, as well as special events that pitted top racing gamers against the professional drivers of FIA Formula E. Today, we are proud to announce Forza Racing Championship, an all-new competitive online racing and eSports initiative debuting this year in Forza Motorsport 6.
The Forza Racing Championship welcomes players of all levels to hone skills as they compete for glory and real-world prizes. Competitions will be open and competitive for all, from brand new players taking their first laps, to the fastest virtual drivers in the world. Forza Racing Championship will be home to the best and most inclusive racing competition in gaming – where everyone has a chance to win, no matter how many miles they have behind the wheel. Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net, as we’ll be sharing more details on the Forza Racing Championship in the near future.
To celebrate the upcoming Forza Racing Championship, and with just days to go before the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing competes in the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18 and 19, beginning today codes for the 2016 #66 Ford GT Le Mans race car in Forza Motorsport 6 will be sent via Xbox Live messages to gamers who play Forza Motorsport 6 race on June 18 and 19. Due to the large number of codes being sent, it could take up to seven days for players to receive their code.
To accompany the release of the Ford GT LM race car, we’re also launching a brand new Le Mans-themed Rivals event in Forza Motorsport 6 this week. Find out how you stack up against your friends and the community. And, be sure to watch the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18 and 19.
* Based on generation 8 US NPD data through April 2016.