Esports stars to race for national pride in FIA Motorsports World Cup Games 2022
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The world’s best Esports stars athletes will compete in the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games, with Esports confirmed as one of 17 competing categories for the event’s second edition, which will be held in Marseille from October 26 to 30.
Each FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) National Sporting Authority (ASN) may nominate a single driver for the Esports competition, which was known as the “Digital Cup” in the first FIA Motorsport Games in Italy in 2019 at World Cup Esports stars.
The Assetto Corsa Competizione platform will be used for the 2022 competition, with racers racing in virtual GT3 cars – digital copies of the same vehicles that will participate in the GT, GT Sprint, and Endurance categories during the event.
The first FIA Motorsport Games gold medallist in the category was Australian driver Cody Nikola Latkovski, who qualified second quickest for the race in 2019 and won Semi-Final B before claiming the gold medal at the Esports stars.
The 2019 silver medalist was a notable performance, with Costa Rica’s Bernal Valverde finishing runner-up ahead of Italian bronze medal winner Stefano Conte.
The 20 finalists for the Esports FIA Motorsport Games tournament will be determined in a knockout system. More than 80 racers from across the globe are set to fight for national pride at Circuit Paul Ricard’s Mistral Hall, which overlooks the iconic Mistal Straight and is the site of the French Grand Prix at the Esports stars.
Competition in the Esports category will commence on Thursday, October 27, with the final on Saturday evening, October 29. This event is predicted to have the most entries of any discipline in the second edition of the Games.
The Esports stars platform draws on the extensive knowledge of Italian company Kunos Simulazioni. The platform makes use of the 3D computer graphics gaming engine Unreal Engine 4 to guarantee lifelike weather conditions and images, night races, and motion capture animations. It raises the bar in terms of driving realism and immersion, owing to its upgraded tyre and aerodynamic models.
Kunos Simulazioni will create a bespoke track for the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games.
“The FIA Motorsport Games provide an outstanding chance for Esports stars contestants to compete for medals alongside conventional racing drivers,” stated FIA Esports stars Commission head Niroshan Pereira. “By collaborating with ASNs, we are certain that the FIA Racing Games Esports category will assist to expose participants from non-traditional motorsport nations and find future stars.”
“We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Kunos Simulazioni and employ their Assetto Corsa Competizione solution on this occasion.” It is one of the most popular Esports stars games in the business, as well as among our ASNs, so being able to partner with them is fantastic.”
“We are very pleased to be the FIA’s choice for the Motorsport Games, as with Assetto Corsa Competizione we raised the bar even higher than with Assetto Corsa, bringing the thrill of real racing simulation to a very large number of countries, that we are looking forward to seeing competing in an event where each of the sim racers can make his or her nation proud,” said Marco Massarutto, co-founder and Executive Manager of Kunos Simulazioni.
“We love racing and sports, and with Assetto Corsa Competizione, each player has the chance to demonstrate that skills, attention, and commitment can make the same impact in Esports as they do on a real track.”
Assetto Corsa Competizione is also the official simulation platform of SRO Esports. Meanwhile, AK Informatica will serve as the FIA Motorsport Games’ Esports production partner, overseeing qualifying stages and providing the live-stream broadcast.
Entries for the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games started on Wednesday, June 15, through the specialized FIA registration portal. Competitors who want to represent their nation are invited to contact their respective National Sporting Authorities.
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