The Series 1 Playoffs for the 2018 season
of the Forza Racing Championship is fast approaching. The live competition will
be the second of four offline events to be hosted this year for Microsoft’s
premier racing esports series played on Forza
Motorsport 7, following the ForzaRC
Pre-Season Invitational held in Seattle, Washington last March. The Series
1 Playoffs will also be hosted in Seattle, which is home of Forza Motorsport 7
developer Turn 10 Studios.
Drivers have been competing in a variety of different events
throughout the first series in this year’s Forza Racing Championship season,
including Rivals Qualifiers, Ghost Races, and Wednesday Showdowns. These races
and leaderboards have offered the usual slate of action and surprises that
ForzaRC fans come to expect as competitors battled to earn the most amount of
Forza Points possible to qualify for the upcoming offline playoffs.
With the Series 1 Playoffs in Seattle only a few short weeks
away – taking place the weekend following this
year’s E3 expo, esports organizer Gfinity has shared the full list of car
and track combos that will be used in the event – including the various
fan-voted options. Check out the full list of configurations below, which is
sure to lead to some excellent racing come the weekend of June 16th:
There will be 50 finalists invited to each of the ForzaRC
2018 Series Playoffs. 48 drivers will be allowed to compete in each event –
with an extra two players invited as reserves. The Series 1 Playoffs will see
drivers battling it out in Seattle for their share of the $75,000 prize pool,
whilst the Series 2 Playoffs will take racers to Mexico City with yet another $75,000
At the end of the two series, the top 24 drivers will be
invited to compete in the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 finals in
London, England this October for their shot at a $100,000 prize pool. Combined with the Series Playoffs in Seattle and Mexico City, the ForzaRC will reward drivers with $250,000 in total this season. The official prize breakdown for the Series 1 Playoffs can be found on Gfinity's website.
The 2018 ForzaRC season features a global leaderboard with
driver rankings using the aforementioned ‘Forza Points’ system. These rankings
determine which drivers are invited to compete in offline events, and points
are added together based on each driver’s results from the online series events
such as the Wednesday Showdown races and Rivals leaderboards, as well as the
upcoming offline playoffs and the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 finals.
You can find the full, updated leaderboard over on the official ForzaRC website – which is
currently being led by TX3 Hard BR, G2 Laige and TX3 Wesley. Microsoft will
host another ForzaRC livestream on Wednesday, June 6th with a recap of Series 1
of the 2018 ForzaRC season so far, as well as “a special team exhibition” featuring
the top five teams from the Global
ForzaRC Leaderboard, which consists of TX3, JSR, TPR, F4H and AMS.
Remember, the ForzaRC Series 1 Playoffs from Seattle, Washington
will be held on the weekend of June 16-17 and you can tune in to the action
over on the official broadcast hub of
the Forza Racing Championship. For more on racing esports and Microsoft’s
efforts in the scene, be sure to check out our exclusive featurette
on where we’re currently at with it, and the future ahead – featuring several
player interviews from the 2018 ForzaRC
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