Codemasters and World RX announce further Esports Invitationals
Building on the success of its previous two standalone rallycross esports events, IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, is launching a series of further DiRT Rally 2.0™ events in partnership with Codemasters and Motorsport Network.
The first event will be held on Sunday 31 May using the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, before continuing on to Norway, Sweden and South Africa.
The esports events will feature a mix of World RX drivers and guest drivers from other motor sport disciplines. Esports racers will also feature in the events. The top ten gamers will compete in their own semi-finals and final that will be included in the last hour of the show, alongside the finals for the real-world racers.
Each event will be comprised of 22 races and form a two-and-a-half hour show on World RX Facebook and YouTube, as well as on Motorsport.tv.
“The two previous World RX events have shown there is a real desire and appetite for drivers and fans to compete and watch world-class virtual RX content. It’s great to see the best drivers compete on DiRT Rally 2.0 with the same passion and commitment they show during a race weekend,” said Ross Gowing, DiRT Rally Game Director at Codemasters.
“We’re so pleased by the success we’ve had in bringing rallycross excitement to our fans during this time, and are excited to extend the action even further. We’d like to thank our partners, drivers and fans for supporting this new format, and look forward to delivering more options in the future,” said Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG.
“Motorsport Network is pleased to extend our partnership with the FIA World Rallycross Championship and Codemasters to deliver World RX Esports,” said Motorsport Network CEO, Dmitry Kozko. “The quality of the racing in the previous events, combined with the world-class production have created a real spectacle, showcasing why Motorsport Network is the esports partner of choice for rights holders.”
World RX Esports Invitational Calendar:
- May 31 – World RX Esports Invitational (Abu Dhabi Edition) – Yas Marina Circuit
- June 21 – World RX Esports Invitational (Norway Edition) – Hell
- June 28 – World RX Esports Invitational (Sweden Edition) – Holjes
- July 19 – World RX Esports Invitational (South Africa Edition) – Killarney International Raceway
DiRT Rally 2.0 is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, featuring the cars, tracks and drivers from the 2018 and 2019 seasons alongside historic content. The Game of the Year Edition is available now.