With Series 2 of the Forza Racing Championship’s 2018 season only a handful of days away, the teams at Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios and Gfinity have revealed some changes they’re making to the esports racing series in terms of both rules and tournament structure based on player-feedback and their own learnings from Series 1.
In a new blog post on the official
ForzaRC website, it was revealed that the invitations for the Series 2 Playoffs in Mexico City this September will be based solely from points earned during Series 2. That means all drivers will start fresh for Series 2, which puts new drivers onto the same playing field as those who competed in Series 1.
To coincide with this, the ForzaRC 2018 season leaderboards will also shift from a single ‘Global’ leaderboard to ‘Series 1,’ ‘Series 2,’ and ‘Season’ – the latter of which is the combined total of Series 1 and Series 2 leaderboards. Invitations for the Series 2 Playoffs will be based upon the points solely earned from Series 2, regardless of those earned in the series prior or a player’s performance in Series 1.
This change is being made to ensure that drivers joining the competition in Series 2 will still have the opportunity to earn an invitation to the Series 2 Playoffs. However, there will be no change regarding invitations for the Forza Racing World Championship finals in London, England this October – these will still be based solely upon the total points a driver as earned throughout the season, which are reflected in the new ‘Season’ leaderboard.
There’s also been a change made to the Qualifying Rivals events in Forza
Motorsport 7. For Series 1, these were open for 72 hours – running from Monday through Wednesday. Series 2 will see the participation window for these events reduced to 48 hours. They will be open on the Monday and Tuesday, with the competition starting at midnight UTC time – 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern on Sunday evening and 1am UK BST on Monday morning.
The article also mentions that drivers asked to have the leaderboard results posted for Qualifying Rivals events after they conclude – in order for them to review their standing in preparation for that weekend’s races. Going forward, the official Forza Racing Championship website will post the Top 1,000 leaderboard positions as an article under the ‘News’ section. This will allow qualified drivers to review their standings in advance of the Ghost Races on Saturday and the Sunday Heats.
The ForzaRC post also mentions Gamertag changes, noting that some drivers changed their Gamertags mid-way during the first series. ForzaRC asks participants to not change their Xbox Live Gamertag during an active series, with the Gamertag used to set your Rivals positions being the same Gamertag you must use to enter the races with on the following weekend if you make it to the top of your region. The article states that players who change their Gamertags during Series 2 might not be able to participate in some of the races – thus missing out on Forza Points.
Ahead of the Series 2 Playoffs in Mexico City and the London World Finals, the ForzaRC team will reach out to drivers directly to confirm their details so they have the chance to update any team names before attending live events. In addition, the article mentioned that the ForzaRC is currently “considering a move to only use the key name of a gamertag and omitting the team reference to ensure a great viewing experience, much the way other esports genres manage gamertags.”
In addition to all the above, there has also been an update made regarding travel and expenses for drivers. In response to feedback from Series 1 participants about the cost of travel and expenses, the ForzaRC will reduce to number of invitations it sends to participants to the Top 36 drivers for Series 2 – providing the same travel and expenses support it gave in Series 1 to the Top 24 drivers. The remaining 14 drivers that round out the Top 50 will receive a $200 USD reward for having made it through into the Top 50.
The ForzaRC will backfill invitations until the Top 36 spots are filled. That means if Driver #14 cannot attend, Driver #37 will be invited to participate in the offline playoffs. The usual RSVP deadlines will continue to apply, with drivers who have a chance at finishing in the Top 50 receiving “a more detailed communication” later in the series ahead of the Mexico City Playoffs.
For the complete breakdown of details, including the freshly updated rules, terms and conditions as we head into Series 2 of the 2018 competition, hit up the official ForzaRC rulebook from Gfinity. Drivers with questions can also email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org and follow ForzaRC on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
Series 2 of the 2018 Forza Racing
Championship season will begin on Monday, July 9th with the first official Qualifying Rivals event. It will be followed by the usual slate of Ghost Races and Sunday Heats ahead of its respective Wednesday Showdown on July 18th. For more on the ForzaRC, don’t miss our player profile on Series
1 Playoffs Champion Robin ‘bbbb0x’ Betka of Noble esports, our recap
of the recent Seattle event, and the ForzaRC
Pro-Am Challenge – featuring actual drivers from the ForzaRC that you can team-up with and compete against throughout the month of July!
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