The MotoGP eSport championship is coming again this year. The organizers of the event have promised to give us more console types, more games and events to compete in, and perhaps most exciting of all, a whole lot more winnings. As you can tell, the world has gone wild. This year players will be able to play on one of three different types of gaming stations, either a PlayStation 4, on Xbox or on a PC. Ultimately, at the end of this event, there can only be one World Champion for 2018.
The Event Structure
Currently, the total number of event days have been announced as eight, the first half of the events will be played at COTA, Sachsenring, Losail and the Red Bull Ring. These events will run from the 18th of July through until the end of August. Following the preliminary four events, the very first semi-final round will be held at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in September; the event proceedings will be streamed live around the world. Only 12 gamers with proven speed capabilities will make it in.
Otherwise, in September, four other events will be held in the surrounding areas of Phillip Island, Mugello, Sepang, and Buriram which will run until the end of October. After that, a second semifinal event will be held at the Movistar eSports Center in Madrid on the 2nd of November. During this event, 12 players will compete for the leftover spots within the final that were not already allocated in semi-final 1.
The Grand Final
After this the Grand Final will be hosted on the 16th of November in Valencia, where last years MotoGP eSports final was held, the Grand Final is scheduled for November the 16th. Some of the prizes on offer for the top spot include a BMW M240i Coupé as well as trips and experiences.
The players will be competing via the newly made MotoGP™18 video game, the game is only set to go live on June the 7th and will be available via PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows/STEAM and later on will be made available via Nintendo Switch. The game was made using the Unreal Engine 4 in order to encapsulate the most engagement with users.
At the previous year’s games, a total of 15 000 hours of games were played, with around 2.5 million km being driven by the players and the content was watched by around 75 million people online. We’re waiting in anticipation to see this year’s events.