components E, the arena’s first completely electric powered car racing collection, is making plans a digital race in Las Vegas next January with a likely $1 million jackpot for the winner.
series chief executive Alejandro Agag instructed Reuters on Tuesday that the occasion, pitting everyday race drivers towards a handful of fanatics on simulators, may want to even end up a spherical of the normal championship in destiny.
“We suppose e-sports activities (digital sports activities) is a large opportunity and we need to be the primary ones absolutely immersed in that,” he said in an interview ahead of next week’s London finale to system E’s second season.
“this will be the first digital race with 20 expert drivers of a racing championship on a huge degree and with a completely large prize fund.”
The Spanish entrepreneur stated the race could be a part of the Jan five-8 global consumer Electronics display (CES).
whilst insiders indicated $1 million as the likely prize, Agag stated only that the amount might be “substantially plus of six figures”.
“it’ll be an amazing jackpot for Vegas,” introduced Agag, agreeing that “human beings want to win 1,000,000 in Vegas.”
To qualify, ‘Race to Vegas’ competitions will be released 3 months earlier for game enthusiasts to sign on and compete online. 5 are in all likelihood to secure slots.
“The amusing component would be for a gamer to win it against the expert drivers. I think it’s going to be very difficult,” said Agag of the race.
“we are only going to disclose and show the digital tune to all the gamers that morning. it will be just like the real system E. you return for the primary time to a metropolis and race in a city, you by no means instruction earlier than.
“gamers…are typically better at games than drivers. on the other hand, drivers are higher than gamers at quick getting the texture of a racetrack. it’ll be an interesting opposition.”
Many sports, such as method one that raced inside the beyond in Las Vegas and has been connected to a go back to the famed strip, are experimenting with digital truth (VR) era to engage fans and appeal to new audiences.
Tech giants like Google, fb and Samsung are investing closely in VR with some predicting the immersive generation can have the identical impact on tv as the net on newspapers.
The idea of a digital race, with gamers challenging drivers in an ePrix for factors and prize cash, was mooted by way of Agag even before the first formulation E season in 2014.
“I think this is probably an experiment,” he said of the Vegas race. “depending on how it is going I could envisage that a number of these virtual races may want to give factors for a championship within the destiny, however not now.”
The Spaniard has talked also approximately fans sooner or later being capable of use VR to race against drivers competing on the physical racetrack but that day is still some manner off.
“The trouble of that, and we have been certainly searching into that loads, is the lag among the real race and the virtual experience you can provide the gamers,” he stated.
“it is very tough, due to the technology and the velocity of the broadband, to have drivers racing at the same time in the race that’s what we might have dreamt of when we started out method E.
“then again, there are numerous other matters which might be now becoming feasible like this e-race.”
formula E motors make little noise, are a long way slower than system One and cannot yet whole a race without drivers converting automobiles because of the limitations of battery technology.
but, principal manufacturers together with Audi, Renault and Citroen are concerned.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson expected a year in the past that electric racing would overtake components One in recognition within 5 years.