YEAR-LONG eSPORTS WRC BATTLE BEGINS AT MONTE-CARLO

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YEAR-LONG eSPORTS WRC BATTLE BEGINS AT MONTE-CARLO

TOP gamers will begin their campaign for the inaugural eSports WRC Championship title on the Rallye Monte-Carlo, starting today.

The excitement of the action on France’s treacherous alpine mountain roads in the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship will be matched by the fierce competition on global game consoles.

The battle for the eSports world title will be played out on WRC5, the WRC’s official video game. It is the first rally/racing game to feature its own global eSports championship, allowing gamers to compete in multi- player tournaments run simultaneously with WRC rounds.

It will bring the best WRC5 drivers together for a tournament that until the world champions are crowned at Wales Rally GB on 27-30 October.

The eSports WRC season is split into two halves, with separate categories for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players. Each half has five tension-filled qualifying rounds and a semi-final held at the same time as WRC events, with the three top drivers on each platform invited to the final.

It will use special stages new to WRC5 from the rally concerned, including from Rally Australia.

The eSports rally weekend will comprise four days of action-packed competition from Thursday to Sunday. Players will have one opportunity each day to record their best time and claim a semi-final place.

WRC5 allows players to drive 78 different special stages, six each from 2015’s 13 rounds of motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

Gamers can choose from 20 World Rally drivers, including star names such as world champion Sébastien Ogier, Kris Meeke, Thierry Neuville and Robert Kubica.

Volkswagen Motorsport, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, Hyundai Motorsport and M-Sport World Rally Team are all represented with their World Rally Cars displayed in 2015 liveries.