eSports is growing at a rapid rate in New Zealand thanks to LetsPlay.Live (LPL). Now the company is staging a special Project Cars 2 tournament for Kiwi gamers across the country.
The main aim of the tournament is to find the eight fastest gamers/racers in New Zealand that can play Project Cars 2. They will be competing for a total cash prize pool worth $10,000.
The first physical qualifiers take place this Saturday April 21st at the SKYCITY Auckland Welcome Room. The event starts at 10am and will run until 2pm in the afternoon.
The physical qualifiers will find the first six finalists while the remaining two racers will be found online. You will need to upload your fastest lap times via screenshot submission using the hashtag #ProjectCARS2NZ.
The official Project CARS 2 NZ Championship will then start on May 1st and will take place over the course of the next eight weeks. The event will be broadcast on Sky Sport as well as on Twitch.
Brendon White, CEO of the New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport Series will join the commentary team for the series. He said esports is quickly becoming popular with younger audiences and is hugely relevant in today’s market. “Simulation driving is such a crucial part of racing driver and car development these days, especially for guys like Earl [Bamber] and Brendon [Heartley]. Esports is the gateway to getting as close to being on track at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.”
Duane Mutu, Director at LPL, believes this will be one of their most exciting events yet. "After the success of our last racing simulation tournament, I am very excited to bring this event back for motor racing and esport fans alike. Our last driving championship was the highest rated LPL esports event ever, so I think this eight week series will be a real crowd pleaser."
For more information on this tournament, you can visit the official website by clicking here. You need to be over the age of 16 in order to take part.