Its official: eSports are a thing. They’ve actually been a thing for a while and Turn 10 Studios wasn’t going to miss the boat.
When Forza Motorsport 6 launched in 2016, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios launched the Forza Racing Championship (or Forza RC), a global eSports championship in which the best of the best competed in Forza Motorsport online races with the ultimate winner getting a pretty big grand prize.
That first season turned out to be a success so Turn 10 Studios is bringing the competition back in Forza Motorsport 7. Registration is open now and competition is slated to start in April.
Registered competitors will start by competing in ranked leaderboard competitions working their way up the ladder until regionals and then finally the championship where the grand prize is $250,000!
If you don’t want to compete you can spectate the entire season just like watching any other motorsport. I’ve done this and I can say I found it pretty exciting when it gets to the higher levels of competition.
To register or get the details on how to spectate, you can visit the official website at ForzaRC.com. You can also get more info from the trailer and press release below.
Are you planning to register for the 2018 Forza RC? Did you compete in 2016? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
2018 Forza RC Trailer
Drivers start your engines! Turn 10 Studios is taking racing esports to the next level with the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018. Taking the physicality of real-world motorsport and blending it with the approachability of racing esports, ForzaRC 2018 is built on the award-winning Forza Motorsport 7 – which features more than 700 cars, 60 frames per second, and native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. Drivers of all skill levels will compete for glory and more than $250,000 in prizes, our largest prize pool to date.
Starting today, drivers can register at the official site, ForzaRC.com, to compete in the first ranked season of global competition, which begins April 2.
ForzaRC 2018 – Pre-Season Invitational Presented by IMSA
In advance of the 2018 season start, we’re kicking things off with the ForzaRC 2018 Pre-Season Invitational on March 24 in Seattle, WA, home of Turn 10 Studios. We’ve invited some of the best drivers and teams in the world to compete and set the stage for a season of exhilarating races. We’ll have more details to share, including participating racers, cars, tracks, and more in March.
ForzaRC 2018 – Regular Season
Following the Pre-Season Invitational presented by IMSA, the regular season begins. The season is split into two series, each consisting of seven weeks of ranked events and culminating in a live playoff event with a prize pool of $75,000. At the end of the two series, the top 24 drivers will be invited to compete in the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 for their shot at a $100,000 prize pool and the title.
Here’s a look at the 2018 season calendar, which will be updated regularly at ForzaRC.com:
- Series 1: April 2 – May 23
- Series 1 Playoffs: June 16 – 17, live in Seattle
- Series 2: July 9 – August 29
- Series 2 Playoffs: September 29 – 30, live in Mexico City
- World Championship: October 2018 (final date TBA), live in London
When the competition begins on April 2, all registered drivers begin their race to the top of the leaderboard. As part of each seven-week series, drivers will compete in ranked events, earning points and climbing the leaderboard as they go. Look for a full breakdown of the tournament structure and scoring in March.
We’ve got a season full of racing excitement lined up this year. Want to watch it all go down live? Catch all the action live through our Mixer player on ForzaRC.com. Couldn’t catch the livestream but want to catch up on all the action? Check out the official ForzaRC YouTube for all the VODs, highlights, and more.
Check out the 2018 broadcast schedule which will be updated regularly on our Mixer player at ForzaRC.com:
- ForzaRC 2018 Pre-Season Invitational – March 24, live in Seattle
- Series 1
- April 11 – June 6 – Weekly broadcast every other Wednesday
- June 16 – 17 – Series 1 Playoffs, live in Seattle
- Series 2
- July 18 – August 29 – Weekly broadcast every other Wednesday
- September 29 – 30 – Series 2 Playoffs, live in Mexico City
- Forza Racing World Championship – October 2018 (final date TBA), live in London
We’re always looking for new ways to deliver a phenomenal experience to both players and fans alike and we’ve got a number of new, esports-centric features lined up for Forza Motorsport 7. Today, we’re excited to share the first two features: Spectate and Seed the Grid. These exciting features are a cornerstone of the Forza Motorsport 7 esports experience and, since they last appeared in Forza Motorsport 6, have been rethought and redeveloped from the ground up for Forza Motorsport 7 to deliver a dramatically improved on-track experience for both drivers and viewers:
Watch live multiplayer races with our brand new Spectate feature. Improved camera transitions and performance means you’ll never miss the action. Positioning data for on-track cars is 100% precise as well, which means that what players see in Spectate is exactly what’s happening in the race.
- Seed the Grid
Players will be able to set up multiplayer races just as they like with the new Seed the Grid feature. Lobby hosts can now manually set the grid order during race setup, and a completely overhauled interface offers hosts and viewers alike new details, like real-time player grid position changes.
Both Spectate and Seed the Grid will be added as part of our February content update for Forza Motorsport 7 and represent just the start of our esports feature set.
Ready to Compete?
Whether you are new to esports racing or are among the fastest drivers in the world, register for ForzaRC 2018 today and we’ll see you on the track!
Read more at https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/02/14/announcing-forza-racing-championship-2018/#qhV0WBQEOf9rAVkq.99