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How to take part in new Le Mans eSports Series

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Le Mans eSports Series has given an initial outline into how gamers can take part and progress towards the final at the 2019 24 Hours

The Le Mans eSports Series will take place on Forza Motorsport, which is a Microsoft exclusive through its Xbox One console and compatible PCs, in partnership with the Motorsport Network and Paris-based eSports company Glory4Gamers.

But the competition will not restrict those who game on rival software, such as the PlayStation 4 or the Nintendo Switch, because it will take place online and at the World Endurance Championship's Fuji and Sebring rounds, as well as the Autosport International show in 2019.

WEC CEO Gerard Neveu explained why Le Mans and ACO had been so keen to move into eSports.

"Obviously virtual racing is getting closer to the real world and we can see in eSports there are two ways to compete, the real and the virtual competition with gamers who play with consoles," he said.

"So Le Mans and the ACO and the Motorsport Network have decided to try and approach a new generation of fans called eGamers.

eSports becoming motorsport's 'new grassroots'

"We've launched a great championship which will be fought in two different formulas.

"One will be online so you can play and follow the different steps of the championship and they are going to follow different places where the WEC goes through the season and the best competitors will play the final at Le Mans next year.

"But then to go further, with this eSports activity we will also have games on all continents so they will be around on site for real, you will be able to attend the game and see the best eSports gamers in their simulators.

"This will be at Fuji, ASI in Birmingham and at Sebring of course. The best competitors of those three continents will meet with the best online competitors at the final."

James Allen, Motorsport Network's President of EMEA added: "We want players to be able to play online and on-site in Fuji, Birmingham and Sebring.

"Many drivers are competing in eSports and we want to be as open as possible."

Further details regarding the competition will be revealed at a later date, and fans can subscribe to a newsletter here.

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