eSports WRC will be the first international online World Rally Championship competition. eSports WRC will bring the best WRC 5 drivers together for a tournament that will last from January to October, at the same time as the 2016 WRC season. eSports WRC will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Video game publisher and distributor Bigben Interactive, WRC Promoter, Kylotonn Games and the world’s largest eSports company, ESL, are proud to introduce all the details of the 2016 eSports WRC Championship, a global tournament using WRC 5, the official 2015 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) game.
For the first time, an official eSports championship will run online in parallel with each WRC round throughout the 2016 season.
eSports WRC will bring the best WRC 5 drivers together for a tournament that will last from January and the Rallye Monte-Carlo to October and the grand finale in Wales Rally GB. On one side, the eSports community is waiting for more rallying challenges and on the other side, WRC and rally fans are always excited by competitive challenges. eSports WRC is the virtual adventure which will put them in the boots of real drivers by feeling the excitement and the pressure of rallying / competing in the most difficult and challenging conditions as the real stars of the WRC do!
After 5 qualifying rounds (from Rallye Monte-Carlo to Vodafone Rally de Portugal), the 15 best players on each platform will compete in the first semi-final (Rally Italia Sardegna). Among them, 3 drivers will earn their seat for the grand finale to be held at Wales Rally GB in October 2016. The second part of the season will follow the same scheme: 5 qualifying rounds, and the second semi-final. At the end, the top 18 drivers will be invited to the eSports final in Wales Rally GB, during the penultimate round of the WRC season, to determine the first eSports WRC Champion!
Qualifying steps and semi-finals will take place on exclusive Special Stages only accessible via downloadable contents (DLC). As soon as the player downloads it, he will be able to train as much as he wants to be ready for the rally weekend. eSports weekends will comprise four days of competition, from Thursday to Sunday. On each day, players will have only one chance to record their best time and qualify for the weekend final where the best 3 drivers (for each platform) will be selected for the semi-final.
These DLCs will bring a total of 13 brand new stages, one for each rally, as well as 3 exclusive liveries for the WRC Concept Car S (one for each DLC and one for the Season Pass). Even though they have been designed specially for eSports WRC, the new stages and cars will also be available in Quick Stage, Quick Rally, Championship and Multiplayer game modes.
eSports WRC will be available on Playstation®4, Xbox One and PC. The DLC #1 (7.99€) and the Season Pass* (14.99€) are available from December 15th (2015). DLC #2 (7.99€) will be available from April 2016.
* Season Pass is only available on PlayStation®4 and PC, not on Xbox One.