Formula 1 have announced the dates for the 2018 F1 eSports Pro Series Finals, with the GFinity Arena in London to host the finals.
The second season of the F1 eSports Series will host three live final events, taking place on October 10th, 31st and the grand finale across the 16th and 17th November. The events will take place at the GFinity Arena in Central London and will be broadcasted live on Facebook and selected TV networks.
This season will see nine official F1 teams compete to be crowned the drivers’ and teams’ champion. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, Red Bull Racing Esports Team, Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team, Williams Esports, Renault Sport Team Vitality, Haas F1 Esports Team, McLaren Shadow, Toro Rosso Esports Team and Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 eSports Team entered the series with their drivers they selected through the Pro Draft and free agency.
16 gamers who qualified through qualification events on the F1 2017 game were selected in the Pro Draft, with teams adding additional signings through the break leading into the Pro Finals.
Head of Digital Growth & F1 Esports at Formula 1, Julian Tan said that the launch of the series is a pivotal moment for the eSports Series ahead of the finals set to take place in London.
“The launch of the Pro Series is a pivotal moment for the F1 Esports Series,” said Tan.
“In a short space of time the drivers have come together from all around the world to join their official F1 teams; and will now take their passion for motorsport and gaming from home all the way to the podium.
“With the F1 teams involved we have been able to combine the power of Esports with the magic of Formula 1, establishing an adrenaline fuelled series that has been streamed across the globe. Now it’s time for the teams to deliver their best performances, and we can’t wait to crown this year’s Teams’ and Drivers’ Champions.”
Over 66,000 players took part in the qualification stages through four events to earn a place in the F1 eSports Series through Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
The teams will compete for the prize fund of $200,000, allocated to the team depending on their finishing position.
“It is a privilege to welcome some of the very best gamers in the world to the Gfinity Esports Arena for the F1 Esports Pro Series,” said Mark Brittain, Chief Commercial Officer at Gfinity.
We’re braced to see a competition quite unlike any other as our hugely talented drivers battle it out head-to-head to be named this year’s F1 Esports champion. For aspiring gamers watching around the world, the event is sure to be nothing short of exciting.”
The series will take place on the newly released F1 2018 game, as reigning eSports champion Brendon Leigh will aim to keep his hands on his title.
“We’ve been impressed with the skill and dedication shown by our player community with F1 2018 across PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC,” said Jonathan Bunney, VP Publishing at Codemasters.
“The Pro Series takes gaming talent to a new benchmark and is set to make history for F1 and gaming fans alike.”
|F1 eSports Teams||Driver 1||Driver 2||Driver 3|
|Mercedes AMG Petronas eSports||Brendon Leigh||Daniel Bereznay||Harrison Jacks|
|Red Bull Racing eSports Team||Graham Carroll||Joni Tormala|
|Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team||Fabrizio Donoson Delgado||Mads Soerensen||Marcel Kiefer|
|Williams eSports||Tino Naukkarinen||Alex Hanses||Alvaro Carreton|
|Renault Sport Team Vitality||Kimmy Larsson||James Doherty||Sven Zurner|
|Haas F1 Esports Team||Martin Stefanko||Michal Smidl|
|McLaren Shadow||Olli Pahkala||Bono Huis||Enzo Bonito|
|Toro Rosso eSports Team||Cem Bolukbasi||Patrik Holzmann||Frederik Rasmussen|
|Alfa Romeo Sauber eSports Team||Salih Saltunc||Sonuc Saltunc||Allert Van Der Wal|