Pro Formula-E drives battle in an E-Race using simulators … VR eSports is REAL!
“With $1 million on the line, cheering crowds and drivers from the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, the inaugural Visa Vegas e-race did a good job of conveying at least some of the spectacle of a physical motor rally. Held on the final day of CES 2017, the competition saw 30 competitors take to the tracks in a race that was streamed on Twitch, with a live audience numbering in the hundreds. The spectators, a mix of fans and corporate sponsors, cheered, winced and applauded the challengers, which included 20 professional Formula E racers and the world’s 10 best simulator drivers.
The million-dollar prize pot consisted of $200,000 for the big winner as well as prizes for pole position and best lap. In fact, in the Vegas e-race, simply taking part counted for something: Even the 30th place took home $20,000. In comparison, the total prize money for the iRacing World Championship (sim racing’s biggest race until now) was $30,000. That’s not to say there’s no room for growth, though: Last year’s Dota 2competitions had a prize pot of $18.6 million.”