India set to take part in first-ever Sim Racing World Cup; ESFI announces national qualifiers
National Qualifiers will be held online as well as offline; registrations are open till July 3
The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) will field an Indian contingent in the inaugural edition of the Sim Racing World Cup, to be held in Monaco on October 23.
The prestigious tournament—organised by the Monaco Esports Federation in association with the International Esports Federation —will feature one of the world's most popular sim racing titles, Assetto Corsa.
And in order to select the two sim racers, who will represent the country at the prestigious event, ESFI will be conducting the National Qualifiers wherein playoffs will be held online as well as offline while the finals will be played in a hybrid mode.
Two players will be selected from an offline event and 18 from online as the 20 players will ultimately fight in the finals for two spots in the Indian contingent.
The offline playoffs event is scheduled to take place at the INOX in Mumbai from July 4 to 7 while the online playoffs will be played from July 8-10. Finals will be conducted on July 11 and ESFI will soon announce the venue.
“The ESFI is incredibly excited for the inaugural edition of the Sim Racing World Cup which is the largest sim racing event to date and to expand to simulator-based esports. We urge all car racing enthusiasts to participate in the national qualifiers and show their real racing talent with their skills around karting and drifting in the game. Racing games are very popular in our country and everyone has that nostalgic vibe with these games. It’s time to prove our mettle on the international stage and this will be a true representation of ESFI’s commitment to the growth and development of sustainable and responsible gaming in our country.” said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation.
ESFI has joined hands with India's largest eRacing organiser, IR Esports to conduct the National Qualifiers. IR Esports curates plans and executes custom motorsport-based campaigns via Esports across various mediums.
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with ESFI. Together we can grow the online racing (sim racing) space in India. Online racing is already hugely popular amongst the Indian youth, and creating a proper structure, will create opportunities for these esports athletes” Rayomand Banajee, Founder of IR Esports added.
Simulated racing, popularly known as sim racing, is a single-player racing game software which attempts to simulate racing with real-world features such as fuel usage, damage, tire wear and grip, and suspension settings.
The Sim Racing World Cup will be played in two stages—Continental Qualifiers and Global Finals. Two players from each country will participate in the Continental Qualifiers and only one winning athlete from the continent will be qualified for the Global Finals.
The registrations for the National Qualifiers have already started and will be closed on July 3. The professional players, as well as enthusiasts, can join ESFI Discord https://discord.gg/esfi for all details including the registrations etc.
The live-action of National Qualifiers will be streamed on ESFI’s official YouTube and Facebook channels.