The fourth season of F1 Esports Pro Series just got revealed on the official Formula1 website. Starting on August 27 with Pro Draft Reveal, this new season boasts a total prize pool of $750 thousand.
Unlike many communities, the coronavirus pandemic helped the F1 Esports Pro Series a great deal. From world-class sports players like Arsenal striker Pierre-Aymeric Aubameyang to famous streamers, many competed in or witnessed George Russel winning the Virtual Grand Prix Series.
Last year, Ferrari won the 2019 championship thanks to an amazing performance from David Tonizza.
F1 Esports Pro Series 2020
Over 237 thousand racers attempted to qualify for this year’s big event. However, only 45 players remained. Of the ten different F1 Esports Pro Series teams, each team needs to choose one qualified player to complete its line-up of three drivers.
The fourth season will run from October to December, after the Pro Draft Reveal. It consists of four events including three races each. A new qualifying format will also be present.
Drivers will soon compete in the new F1 2020 Game under custom rules to make races more realistic. Because of social distancing rules, every driver will compete remotely. This means that drivers will be at home or in a healthy environment with the team.
Building on a Huge Sucess
“F1 Esports has had a huge year with the massive success of the Virtual Grand Prix series that we ran through lockdown,” Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports Julian Tan said. “This has set us up well for the launch of the 2020 F1 Esports Series, which will be our biggest and most innovative season yet.”
“With over 237,000 participants this year, up from 109,000 participants in 2019, we are seeing incredible growth.” Julian continued. “We also continue to push boundaries by offering our largest ever cash prize fund of $750,000 which is industry-leading as well as continue to innovate by adapting quickly in the current landscape and operating the series entirely remotely as we look to ensure an enjoyable, but safe, Pro Series this year – we can’t wait to get started!”
According to recent studies, esports was one of the few successful industries of the pandemic. In addition, F1 Esports Pro Series gathered fans’ interest thanks to an aggressive strategy that included celebrities. It is no surprise to see records broken for the total prize pool or participating racers in F1 esports.
Written by Charles FUSTER