Codemasters has revealed that the 2018 F1
Esports Series will switch over to F1 2018 once the game is released later
this year. The news was revealed in a new FAQ shared by the developer on the official F1
Esports website. The 2018 season will make its move to F1 2018 with the
live Pro Championships following the first-ever F1 Esports Pro Draft in July.
Recently, Codemasters also confirmed that its popular beta
program for the F1 series of games will be returning for F1 2018 with testing
available in the “coming weeks.” Sign-ups for this year’s program will also be
open shortly. The F1 2018 Beta
Program will allow fans to help shape the final product and provide their
feedback to the development team working on the annual F1 series of games. (Update: Sign-ups
for the F1 2018 Closed Beta program are now open. You can apply for both the
offline and online beta programs here. Registration is
open across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but you’ll need a Codemasters
account to participate).
Meanwhile, the 2018 F1 Esports Series will see drivers from
around the world compete for a place on the podium – with the chance to join an
official Formula 1 Esports team and earn a share of the $200,000 prize pool.
The action begins on April 13th in Shanghai. With four
qualifying events, each leading onto a race, the Top 10 qualifiers from each
platform will compete in an online race around the Shanghai International
Circuit before the series moves onto the Baku City Circuit, the Circuit de
Barcelona-Catalunya, and the Circuit de Monaco.
Following the qualifying events will be the Pro Draft, in
which the Top 40 drivers from the qualifying rounds get the chance to join an
official F1 eSports team – and take part in three live events. Only drivers
selected by one of the official teams will progress to the live shows. Codemasters
has confirmed that each of the races will be livestreamed, allowing viewers to
follow all the action as it happens and see the moment the drivers join their
The F1 Esports Series is open to those who own F1 2017 on
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC – and who have signed up on the official F1 Esports website. You’ll
need a passport and visa for travel, if necessary, and you’ll need to be 16 years of age
or older. F1 Esports events can be located in-game under the ‘Events’ tab in the main
menu of F1 2017.
The points system used in the F1 Esports Series will be just
like that of real Formula 1, in which 1st place equals 25 points, 2nd equals
18, and so on. The Final Race of the Live Pro Series is double points. At the
Pro Draft, there will be a member present from each of the official F1 Esports
Teams, where drivers will go through a series of challenges to showcase their
Those part of a professional esports team can still enter
the 2018 F1 Esports Series, but Codemasters recommends they doublecheck their
contract to ensure they can join an official F1 team. It’s worth keeping in
mind that if you’re chosen, the F1 team might want to keep you onboard after
the F1 Esports Series 2018 has concluded.
For even more details, check out the full FAQ
shared by Codemasters, and stay tuned for additional coverage on the 2018 F1
Esports Series as this year’s season commences on April 13th. Want to compete
for racing glory? Sign-up today on the official
F1 Esports Series website, read up on the official rules of the competition, and
get practising in F1 2017!
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