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’
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
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
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 email@example.com
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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