The stars of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series, will take part in a virtual race in Las Vegas in a bid to win a share of the biggest prize in eSports racing history.
Exactly three years after the Spark-Renault SRT_01E made its public debut in Las Vegas, all 20 Formula E drivers will test their skills on a specially designed track, incorporating the famous Las Vegas Strip, for the opportunity to win a share of $1 million.
The ground-breaking Las Vegas eRace is taking place at The Venetian Hotel as part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit (January 5-7) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The competitors will use Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2 software, while Cloud Sport will ensure that the competition is correctly regulated, and as realistic as possible.
There will also be the opportunity for 10 fans to take part in the event through the Road to Vegas Challenge. Organised by Cloud Sport, the series of online qualifying races will ultimately lead to 10 gamers having the chance to take on the 20 Formula E drivers in the Las Vegas eRace.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans. Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace. All this will take place within CES, the world’s largest technology show, highlighting our commitment to fan engagement through innovation and technology. We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution. Gamers, welcome to Formula E - let’s race!”