ELEAGUE partners with simulated racing tournament featuring $1M prize pool

by Josh Bury Oct 20 2016
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Turner Sports and WME | IMG's ELEAGUE has partnered with the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship for the Las Vegas eRace, a simulation racing championship set for Jan. 7 at CES.

According to a press release from Turner, it plans to cover the eRace as part of the overall Turner Sports footprint at CES. It will feature a $1 million prize pool with a grand prize of $200,000, which Formula E describes as "the richest prize pot in eRacing history."

The FIA Formula E Championship is a fully-electric motorsport circuit that races on real-world physical tracks, but the Las Vegas eRace will be simulated on PC using racing simulation software called rFactor2, which aims to provide a realistic simulation of Formula E racing. The event will use a virtual track made up of elements of the Las Vegas strip.

Twenty of Formula E's motorsport drivers will compete in the virtual race, along with 10 fans that qualify through the Race to Vegas, an online qualifier held by simrace organizer Cloud Sport.

Formula E racer Robin Frijns, who races for Andretti, is one of the participants at the Las Vegas eRace. In an interview on the official Formula E website, he said that he is interested to see how he stacks up against fans.

"I don’t really know what to expect, maybe the sim drivers or the fans are really good, maybe not, we don’t know," he said. "If all you do is race on simulators at home, then maybe they are pretty good!”

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.