SailGP has launched a new esports tournament - the 2020 eSailGP Championship - to give fans the chance to virtually pilot the world’s fastest sail race boats. The new championships will launch alongside the Sydney SailGP, which launches the second season of the sailing series.
The championships, in partnership with online sailing simulator Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, will feature seven qualification events over the course of the season, with each respective winner clinching a spot in the eSailGP Grand Final, which takes place on 14th August. There will also be an additional wild card berth for the top youth player.
The overall winner of the championship will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the ROCKWOOL Copenhagen SailGP in September 2020, and will also have the chance to ride on an F50 catamaran of the type used in the racing series.
Julien di Biase, COO, SailGP, said: “As an organisation, we strive to be at the forefront of innovation – whether it be our record-breaking F50 catamarans, our unparalleled broadcast capabilities or pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver ever-more efficient methods and materials in our world-beating race to reach net zero faster than any other mainstream sport.
“The evolution of eSailGP into a full-fledged esports championship further demonstrates our drive to deliver an all-encompassing sporting experience. We’re always looking to give existing fans up-close access into our championship, while introducing those new to the sport to a challenging interactive experience which includes an opportunity to take on the world-class SailGP athletes.”
Philippe Guigné, Founder and CEO, Virtual Regatta, said: “We’re proud of the strides we have made collaboratively in the development of eSailGP from last year’s launch to what will be a season-long competition for gamers across the world in 2020. It is critical that we implement specific details that viewers will see in live events and translate over into the virtual arena, and we believe this competition will be an elevated gaming experience.”
The SailGP esports offering first arrived at the final race of the 2019 season - the season ending Marseille race. This will be the first time eSailGP spans the whole SailGP season.