Le Mans ESports Series announces Season 2 with fresh approach
The Le Mans Esports Series has confirmed that the successful championship will return for a new season in 2019/2020, with an increased total prize fund of $200,000. The series, a joint venture between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, FIA World Endurance Championship and Motorsport Network, succeeded in engaging over 215,000 live viewers and 6.4 million social media impressions at last season’s ‘Super Final’ at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019.
Season 2 will continue to attract gamers from around the world with an innovative format that caters to competitors from both professional and enthusiast backgrounds. There will be both a ‘Pro’ Team qualification championship and a ‘Pro-Am’ championship for individuals to earn their place on the grid in June 2020 for the Super Final. The season’s racing will continue to take place on Forza Motorsport 7, available on PC and Xbox One. The announcement trailer can be viewed here.
The season-ending Super Final promises to be the largest ever professional racing esports LAN event held at a race track, with over 50 drivers participating in person from Circuit de la Sarthe. The whole event, plus the Pro Qualification Series will be broadcast live across YouTube, Facebook and Twitch TV.
The Pro Team Qualification Series will have an application period open from 31 October 2019 to 7 November 2019. During this time, teams will be invited to apply for a space on the grid with 3 drivers per team that will compete over 5 online rounds and win a place at the Super Final, taking place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend in June 2020. The qualification series will have $50,000 of the prize fund reserved for this online competition.