Codemasters has teamed-up with Motorsport Network to announce the launch of the inaugural DiRT World Championships, which begins on February 19th, 2018. This event will give competitors the opportunity to win a test drive at the renowned Silverstone Circuit in a RX2 rallycross car. The finale of the event will be livestreamed on Motorsport.TV on May 26th at the Speedmachine festival, which hosts the British round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The esports series will utilize the Community Events system in DiRT 4, where players will compete online in rally and rallycross events to earn a place in the live-streamed quarter-finals and semi-final before gaining a place at Speedmachine. Like the F1 Esports
Series, the DiRT World Championships will be operated in conjunction with Gfinity.
“We are delighted to announce the DiRT World Championships,” said Codemasters’ eSports Manager, Andy Gray. “DiRT 4 has a vibrant and highly engaged community and we will be showcasing their incredible skill and dedication throughout the tournament. Having the final at Speedmachine, in front of a live audience of motorsport fans, will put the world’s best players in the spotlight on a global stage. We cannot wait to see how our champion performs in a real RX2 car, on track in front of a huge crowd at Silverstone.”
“We have enjoyed great success working with Gfinity on the F1 Esports Series so we look forward to continuing that relationship. We continue to work closely with our long-term partner, FIA World Rallycross Championship, and have also initiated an exciting new media partnership with Motorsport Network who will leverage its incredible reach to bring the tournament to a wider audience across Motorsport.com, Autosport.com, and Motorsport.tv.”
The DiRT World Championships will consist of six weekly qualifying rounds in total, with the first beginning on February 19th. Round One will challenge players to set the best time in a two-stage rally in Australia using a Group A car. The two fastest times on each platform – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC – will qualify for the quarter finals. The full details on rounds, rules, and how you can take part can be found on the official DiRT World Championships website.
Meanwhile, Motorsport Network will utilize “its global reach of motorsport fans” to livestream and promote the event, with over 200 influential journalists delivering coverage across 21 editions in 17 different languages. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, this global motorsports media platform serves as the parent company of various digital automotive networks that provide over 214 million page views each month to readers around the world. This is the level of exposure Codemasters and the DiRT World Championships will receive – an impressive feat for racing esports no doubt.
"We at Motorsport Network are thrilled to come on-board as a partner of the DiRT World Championships" says Colin Smith, CEO Motorsport Network. “Partnering with Codemasters, leaders in the gaming industry, is a valuable opportunity that will no doubt spark enthusiasm and engagement from our audience."
The DiRT World Championships qualifying rounds run from February 12th until March 26th, and drivers who prove to be successful will qualify to the quarter-finals streamed on April 8th, before reaching the semi-finals on April 22nd. The final takes place at Speedmachine festival on Saturday, May 26th. Participants require an RaceNet account to take part, so if you’re interested, make sure you sign-up for that now before it’s too late.
You can also stay up-to-date with the DiRT World Championships on the official Facebook and Twitter pages for the DiRT franchise, and of course, right here on FullThrottle.
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