Heard of eRacing? ok. What about simulated racing with professional racers that could get you one million dollars?
Formula E which kick started in 2014 has been simulating street racing to some of the world’s biggest cities. This Saturday saw that event happen in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas eRace jolted 20 professional Formula E drivers against ten eSports cranks for a chance to win a nugget of the one million dollar prize.
Gamer Bono Huis ended up with the $200,000 prize for the first place. On-the-road winner Olli Pahkala was given a 12-second penalty for a technical glitch which saw Huis receive an unfair FanBoost advantage and take the title.
Alejandro Agag, Formula E founder, and CEO admitted that the eRace in Las Vegas was a great success.
He said it’s exciting to have brought Formula E into the inner sanctum of CES, the biggest and most influential technology event in the world. Agag thinks this can be the first step in a big future for Formula E in eSports racing.
Further, Agag said that they would continue to pursue new and innovative ways to improve their presence in this fast-growing landscape. Also, will maintain fan engagement at the forefront of all their initiatives.
The race was hosted amid a houseful crowd at Vegas’ Venetian Hotel.
Furthermore, the ‘Dutchman’ Bono also bagged an additional $25,000 jackpot for pole position.
Professional driver Felix Rosenqvist came in second to finish as the best-placed Formula E driver.
Other Professionals Jose Maria Lopez, Sam Bird, Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. finished in the top 10. Moreover, this emphasized the thin line between the Formula E drivers and simulated racers.
Renault e.dams driver David Greco finished 15th but set the fastest lap to earn the $10,000 prize.
Formula E will return to the United states on July 15 and 16 for the opening of New York City ePrix.
Here is a peek into the simulated world of racing: