Germany Recognizes Sim Racing as a Legitimate Form of Motorsport

Posted on: Oct 22, 2018 By smartlaunch in Uncategorized,

Germany’s racing governing body, Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), has decided to officially proclaim sim racing as a legitimate motorsport discipline. The distinction between real life sport and esport is becoming blurrier and blurrier by the day.

What Formula One drivers do in their spare time, is making its way into homes now. So, in a press release from DMSB, the governing body admits that there’s little difference between real-world racing and sim racing—with some important caveats, of course. They’re talking pro sim racing, the kind of stuff people get sponsored and paid for. You are not an actual race car driver because you are really good at racing games on your phone or at-home console (unless, of course, that at home console is what enables you to break into the big time).

The DMSB’s announcement is paired with the introduction of an esport sanctioning body, which is planning to establish a standard set of rules that can be implemented across the board in sim racing situations. That way, everyone will be operating under the same basic regulations.

It’s a big step forward for the legitimization of sim racing on a professional level. The DSMB is the first governing body to make this ruling and it’ll be interesting to see if other countries will follow.

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