Wednesday | 30 Sep 2015

2016 eSports WRC Championship revealed

The upcoming WRC 5 video game will be the first to feature its own global eSports championship, allowing gamers to compete in multi-player video game tournaments simultaneously with each round in the 2016 WRC season.

The eSports WRC Championship will begin alongside the 2016 WRC season in January and will be organised by the world’s largest eSports company, ESL, in partnership with the game's publisher Bigben Interactive and its developer Kylotonn Games. More details about the competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

ESports, or electronic sports, have a huge following in the gaming community and a study by Super Data Research in May 2015 reported that 135 million people around the world watch them.

“A great online experience is one of the most requested features expected by WRC fans. We spent a lot of time thinking about something new and really exciting for them,” said Alain Jarniou, Game Director of WRC 5.

“ESports is growing really fast year after year, but there are only a few motorsport games which propose an exciting online competition. We really think that WRC eSports will be the best challenge ever seen for a motorsport game and for rally fans,” he added.

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said: “New technology has brought an extra dimension to the way in which people can engage with WRC. We’re proud of the ground-breaking digital initiatives we’ve introduced to allow fans to follow WRC when, where and how they choose and we look forward to revealing more details to our gaming fans in the coming weeks.”

WRC 5, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, is released on 9 / 16 October (depending on region) and will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4, Playstation®3, PlayStation® Vita and PC.

Find out more information about WRC 5 here.

More News