Ever thought that your skill at racing games might translate to real-world racing expertise? Well, now’s your chance to find out.
The World’s Fastest Gamer season two has started, which seeks to do exactly what it says in the title. Ten of the fastest eSports racers from around the world will compete for the biggest prize ever offered in digital racing: $1 million and driving real-life Aston Martins for R-Motorsports.
Virtual circuits will include Monza, Paul Ricard, Brands Hatch, Nurburgring, and the Spa-Francorchamps and Daytona 24 hours endurance races.
Of the 10 racers, 8 will be chosen from various eSports racing tournaments held in 2019, while two will be wildcard entries from open qualifiers held “in the coming weeks.” One will be picked from the mobile Gear.Club app, while the other will get snagged from rFactor2, a racing simulator game available for PC.
Here’s where things get a little complicated. Those 10 finalists will be flown to the UK for selection trials where six will be chosen to go to R-Motorsport's HQ in St. Gallen, Switzerland. There, judges will whittle down the candidates to just two who will compete in an on-track shootout at Hockenheim finale for Germany's "Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters."
The winner takes home $1 million and gets a job for R-Motorsports racing real-life Aston Martins around the world.
"I have raced online for several years and use simulators to stay sharp," said head judge and former Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and Daytona 24 champion Juan Pablo Montoya. "I know there is huge talent in the virtual world because gamers regularly beat me! I know the skills between real and virtual are transferable, so my job on WFG is to make sure these gamers are hungry and perform under pressure."
Think you’re good enough? Head to The World’s Fastest Gamer’s website to see which tournaments you need to win to qualify.