Formula One eSports season starts April 8

Posted on: Apr 04, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The official esport championship of Formula One is back for a third season. Formula One has announced that the F1 New Balance Esports Series will begin next Monday, April 8. Formula One has more than doubled the prize money for this year’s esports world championship, with the virtual teams racing for a prize pool of USD 500,000 compared to last year’s USD 200,000.

All interested sim racers can qualify for the 2019 season through F1 2018, on PS4, XB1, or PC. Over 66,000 players took part last year, and the number is expected to grow in 2019. Dedicated in-game events will begin on Monday, April 8; to qualify you need to register on the official site and link your gaming account.

The full qualifying schedule is: April 08–21: China, April 22–May 05: Baku, May 05–19: Catalunya, May 27–29: Race-Off.

The final three days will pit all qualifying drivers from the previous rounds against one another. The fastest will move on to the next step: the Pro Draft, which will take place in mid-July. For 2019, the F1 Esports Series will host four live events, between September and December. More details on when and where these will take place will arrive over the summer.

In addition, an exclusive China Championship will take place, starting late summer. An exhibition event will happen at the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time (April 14), with top Chinese gamers invited to race.

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