Six eSport World Championships to be Contested on iRacing
iRacing announced today the total prize pool for the six eSport World Championships organized and contested on the racing simulation platform. A total of $300,000 cash will be paid out to the top simracers in the world in 2019.
The championships begin in February and run through the end of the year and will see racers compete online, from their homes, connecting through the iRacing service. All World Championship series will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network), Facebook (facebook.com/iracing), twitch (twitch.com/iracing) and on iRacing.com (iRacing.com/live).
The six World Championships showcase the diversity of iRacing’s offerings – NASCAR, Sports Cars, Dirt Ovals and Rallycross – ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“This is exactly what we envisioned we would be doing when we launched iRacing in 2008 – create the most competitive and authentic racing simulation,” said Dave Kaemmer, founder and CEO, iRacing.com. “We have serious prize money for all of these World Championship series now. eSports are here to stay and the commitment from iRacing and our amazing partners shows we are in it for the long haul.”
2019 will be the tenth year iRacing has hosted World Championships and sees monumental increases in prize money for competitors. The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned World Championship eSports Series, and the longest-running eSports World Championship, jumps to $100,000.
The recently announced Porsche iRacing World Championship will also pay out $100,000 in prize money. This brand new eSports World Championship Series is supported by Porsche Motorsports and will see drivers from around the globe racing in the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Championships, will each increase their prize pools to $25,000. Showcasing the best dirt oval simracers, these series live up to the hype – “the fastest show on dirt.”
Finally, the iRacing Rallycross World Championship and the VRS GT iRacing World Championship, which features team endurance racing, will see their prize pools increased to $25,000 per series.
iRacing, the original eSports racing game, was built with championship series like these in mind. Using a proprietary match-making system (iRating) that ranks drivers skill, simracers progress through the ranks and ultimately to world championship level drivers if they are in among the best. The iRating system works equally as well for the non-elite drivers and helps to keep all levels of racing competitive for everyone on iRacing.
For more information on the iRacing World Championship Series visit www.iRacing.com/world-championships.