Williams Grand Prix Engineering has launched an official
esports team to compete in a range of online sim-racing competitions, the
company announced today in a press
The newly-formed esports team will run competitions for aspiring
gamers to earn their place on the roster to compete in a variety of sim-racing
competitions throughout the season. Details of these competitions, games and
series will be announced in the future.
Esports drivers will have access to the Williams team
factory in Oxfordshire for training and events, as well as the chance to work
in the team’s Formula One simulator with technical staff and drivers, including
“Gaming and motorsport have had strong links for many years.
Now, esports is an innovative part of the sport and entertainment landscape, so
this is a natural evolution of our competitive spirit,” said Steven English,
Head of Williams Creative Services. “We’re ambitious about developing
opportunities for our fans and our partners in this new and exciting space for
The first three drivers signed to the Williams eSports
roster have already been confirmed, and these are Javier Perez, Jani Vitsaniemi
and Bernardo Perez. The team will be managed by Javier Guerra, who founded the
sim racing team JIM Racing in 2011.
Guerra will co-ordinate and develop the team’s activities
across the sim racing landscape. JIM Racing will also continue, but under the
name of Williams JIM Racing Junior. This adds another option for aspiring professional
gamers to graduate to Williams eSports in future.
“Esports has grown dramatically in recent years to become a
huge global industry, so we’re eager to take on the challenge of growing sim
racing’s place in the esports world,” Guerra said. “We’re looking forward to
developing our roster of drivers, offering a select number the incredible
chance to become part of the Williams family.”
Nine official teams from the FIA Formula 1 World
Championship have already confirmed their participation in the 2018
Formula 1 Esports Pro Series, and Williams is indeed one of them. Team will
have the opportunity to select their drivers from this year’s Pro Draft event
in July, ahead of the upcoming Pro Series races held over three live events
later this year, which will be played on the upcoming F1
In its press release, Williams said that esports gives the
team the opportunity to compete in “a burgeoning industry, providing both new
and existing fans with opportunities to engage with the team in a diverse and
accessible arena.” It has already setup official Twitter and Instagram pages dedicated
to the esports team, whilst additional details will be revealed during the
season on the official Williams
The William eSports team will compete in a range of series
and events across multiple platforms over the next year, and it’ll even run
competitions for players to earn their place on the roster, as mentioned above.
Details of these events will be shared on the official social media pages for
the William eSports team, as well as their website.
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