Online Racing League (ORL) has been given a new home. This week, Apex Online Racing announced that it has acquired the league racing organizer in a bid to create a high level of league racing and esports competition on the Forza Motorsport franchise.
In an official press release shared with FullThrottle Media, the professional online racing organizer revealed that it aims to ensure its leagues across all racing titles receive the same dedication and quality as its flagship Formula 1 leagues. With the acquisition of ORL, there’s now a dedicated team at AOR constantly working on professional leagues and tournaments on the Forza Motorsport series of games for Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. This also enables an opportunity for dedicated LAN events, which are set to begin sometime in the future.
“Today is an exciting day. Online Racing League (ORL) has been providing the Forza esports/sim racing community with professional and consistent leagues over the past 3 years,” says Neil Foskett, AOR Forza Overseerer. “Today ORL becomes a part of the Apex Online Racing (AOR) family. The ORL Forza leagues will now take place on AOR and become part of the AOR family. But with the same ORL faces, who will become AOR staff and continue to bring you the same quality leagues.”
“We have some very exciting plans for Forza and with us becoming part of the AOR team, we will ensure we have the best drivers take part in our upcoming tournaments/leagues/races,” he continues. “We are committed to providing the Forza community with the fast, clean and competitive online racing, to all skill levels. We hope that the community helps support us during the transition that we hope will be as quick and as straight forward as possible.”
This joint venture between both league racing organizers has been made to ensure Forza Motorsport is represented in the best possible way on AOR’s professional esports-quality events. Not only does this ensure a high-standard of racing on Microsoft’s sim-focused game, but it also allows the team to make improvements to its existing leagues, too.
Moving forward, AOR aims to unleash new events to its roster of esports-level racing leagues, and this includes the reintroduction of Assetto Corsa to its weekly events. Furthermore, the team will also be taking advantage of the newly-released Assetto Corsa Competizione in the future, which is available today on Steam via the platform’s Early Access program as the official game of the real-world Blancpain GT Series.
“It's very exciting to get the awesome ORL team to be a part of the AOR team,” said Knut Martinsen, AOR Co-founder and League Admin. “Forza is a game we have a long history with in AOR, and we're super excited to be giving Forza the spotlight it deserves on AOR, with Neil and his team at the helm.”
“Just like the many other top titles that AOR is renowned for covering, AOR is committed to helping the community grow and reach professional esports levels if they desire, while at the same time catering for drivers of all abilities,” he adds. “So, this is a big and important step towards bringing the leagues to an even higher standard. I look forward to seeing the AOR and ORL communities come together for some great Forza racing!”
AOR says that work has already begun on its first official league event for Forza Motorsport 7 following the acquisition of ORL. The esports league racing organizer also noted in their official announcement that it aims to create another, separate joint venture with other partners to offer a more diverse selection of leagues across the entire AOR portfolio of events – details of which will be shared in the future once its ready to be announced.
Currently, AOR runs a series of weekly league racing events across F1 2018, Project CARS 2, GT Sport, rFactor, iRacing and Forza Motorsport 7. You can learn more about Apex Online Racing and sign-up for events over on their official website. Plus, be sure to stay up-to-date with all AOR-related news and announcements by dropping the team a follow on their Twitter account.
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