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
“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
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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