E1 Championship: Asia Pacific sim racing championship boasts US15,000 prize pool
Real-life motorsports racers and virtual racers may seem like they're racing in very different racetracks, but according to the upcoming E1 Championship, there's no line that divides the two - everyone can race, as long as you're fast.
The E1 Championship Season Zero is an Asia Pacific premier sim racing tournament that utilises PC racing simulator RaceRoom, which marks the beginning of the RaceRoom Racing Experience series that's slated to begin next year. 12 top racing teams across 16 countries will be racing off against each other over the US$15,000 prize pool, as well as bragging rights as the best virtual racer in the Asia Pacific. The virtual racing championship is kept regional to prevent latency issues.
The E1 Championship may not be the first racing simulator series, but Alex Yoong, founder of Axle Esports, mentioned that the format for E1 will be different from the rest. This includes, but not limited to, switching between reversed-grid races as well as the standard format. "We want E1 to be a top-notch sporting league that's exciting for drivers, but we also want it to be entertaining for our viewers," Alex said, adding that sports - or esports, in this case - is another form of entertainment.
"eGG Network is five years old now, and we've done many content and events locally and across the region," said Lee Choong Khay, Head of Sports at Astro. "As a one-stop platform for everything esports, we're always looking to expand our genre of esports, with E1 adding more e-racing content into our portfolio."
For those who prefer to be spectators instead of sitting in the driver's seat, the E1 Championship Season Zero will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network (CH 800). The entire competition spans eight weekly matches, happening every Thursday from 19 November onwards.
E1 Championship Season Zero is organised by eGG Network (woah, who's that?), Axle Esports and Astro, in partnership with RaceRoom and eRacing GP. Be sure to follow the official E1 Championship FB page for more timely updates on the tournament.