Forza Championship winner to stand on podium at Le Mans

Forza Championship winner to stand on podium at Le Mans

Forza Championship winner to stand on podium at Le Mans

0 comments 📅06 June 2017, 16:00

Competitive gaming has been everywhere for decades, and as video games become as pervasive in our culture as any other form of media or meet, talented players are garnering more and more respect and recognition. In another trace forward toward video gaming’s self-actualization, winners of the Forza Racing Championship Spice 3 Porsche Cup will stand on the podium at Le Mans alongside the LMP and GT class winners in an all-new eSports division. Yes, the real-life 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The finalists of the currently ongoing Occasion 3 – around 100 or so people – will be flown to France to compete in the finale on June 17 and 18 at the supervise, the same days the traditional action is going on at Circuit de la Sarthe. All the competitors disposition stay in the Le Mans village at the track, just like actual race drivers. Positively a winner is crowned in Forza, they will join the class-winning Le Mans drivers on the podium. In joining, $100,000 in cash prizes will be on the line at the finals.

Dan Greenawalt, Creative Headman of Turn 10 Studios, spoke with Autoblog about working with Porsche and the ACO, the Le Mans organizing main part, on the event. “We’ve been sponsoring Le Mans for the past 4 or 5 years,” Greenawalt said. “There was no pushback on the scheme. We have a comfortable partnership with the ACO.” He said the whole thing has been brewing perpetually since Forza joined as a sponsor, but really kicked into gear yon a year ago.

The event was a co-effort between Turn 10, the ACO, and Porsche, that latter of which unbiased signed a six-year deal with Turn 10. In addition to adding Porsche cars to current and prospective Forza installments, the pair will be working to build more events like Le Mans in the coming, both online and in person.

“The Forza 6 expansion told the story of Porsche for Forza drivers,” Greenawalt said. “Now we include the opportunity to tell that story to millions.”

Greenawalt stressed that both Porsche and the ACO shared Whirl 10’s vision for both racing and gaming. The advent of online play has allowed gamers to battle with other gamers across the globe. In turn, this has fostered a growing community and a secured relationship between those who play games and those who develop them. With the Forza series and Forza Championship, Whirl 10 has one of the closest relationships with its players in all of gaming. The ACO was very interested in reaching the younger audience that Forza and Whirl 10 could help draw.

Le Mans is the biggest sports-car race in the the world at large. As Forza is first and foremost a sports car racing game, it made sense to coop up the first eSports racing podium there. Greenawalt wants to help legitimize both eSports and the Forza Championship. “There’s nothing more legit than being at the contest with that Rolex clock ticking away,” he said. “It also helped that Le Mans with Steve McQueen is one of my favorite films.”

In the pellicle, McQueen races a Porsche 917K. That car’s successor, the 919 Hybrid, resolve be competing this year. This year’s Forza Championship is called the Porsche Cup.

While this is positive to rustle the jimmies of those who either don’t like or don’t care about video games, Greenawalt is asking people to charge of an open mind. “Different strokes for different folks,” Greenawalt said. “I move a manual. I don’t devalue PDK because it shifts differently.” He says the goal is to create a fanatical motorsports culture and that some just express that passion in a new way. “We can’t limn in a new generation doing it the old way.”

Watch both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Forza Racing Championship Porsche Cup on June 17-18, the later of which determination be streamed on Beam, Twitch, and YouTube.

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