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The F1® New Balance Esports Series 2019 Is Coming

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Hi all! As always, you can find this news on our blog as well.

 

After last week’s F1® 2019 announcement, we thought we’d whet your appetite a little more – today, Formula 1® has announced that the third F1 Esports Series will kick off in less than a week’s time on 8 April 2019! And you can sign up right now at f1esports.com.

Building on the success of last year, the stakes for the 2019 season have been raised. Not only has the Series been extended to include even more adrenaline fuelled racing, but the official F1 teams will be battling it out for more than double the prize money – with a staggering $500,000 prize fund to be won.

Like the 2018 season, which reached a record audience of 5.5 million viewers across selected TV networks and a dedicated live stream, this season will be split into Qualifying, a Pro Draft and the Pro Series. That’s not all though – each segment of the 2019 Series has been expanded, making this the biggest and most ambitious season yet.

How will it work? We’re glad you asked!

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A longer qualifying window gives you more chance to compete for a place in the prestigious Pro Draft. All entrants will compete in F1 2018, the official game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC.

The Pro Draft will take place over two days in July and is where the official F1 teams will select the drivers they want to add to their roster to represent them in the Pro Series. A series of high stakes race-offs on day one will identify the best of the best from the drivers that qualified. The slowest drivers will be eliminated, while the fastest will make up the final pool from which the teams will make their picks on day two. Every official F1 team must select at least one of its drivers from the Pro Draft.

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The expanded season means that at the Pro Series, the official F1 teams and their drivers will now compete in four live events, compared to just three events last year, between September and December 2019. These races will determine the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions, with an increased prize fund of $500,000.

 

That's not all, either! For the first time ever, one lucky esports fan will also be given the unique opportunity to experience the adrenaline and excitement of both the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series and real-world F1. An all-expenses paid trip to the Pro Draft, as well as tickets to the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix on 14 July is up for grabs. To enter, fans simply need to complete one attempt during the three online qualifying events hosted between April and May as well as ensure they are signed up and registered on http://www.f1esports.com/, with the winner chosen via a random prize draw.

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Following the success of the competition last year, which saw Great Britain’s Brendon Leigh crowned champion for the second time, F1 has renewed its partnership with Codemasters and Gfinity for the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series. New Balance, the footwear and lifestyle brand, will remain as Title Partner and will be fully integrated into the Series, with all drivers wearing New Balance socks and shoes whilst racing in the Pro Series. Fanatec also remain on board as Official Sponsor, supplying the championship with elite and advanced equipment.

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The 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series will also follow the World Championship rule change, to award the driver of the Fastest Lap a point, and DHL will once again reward the overall winner of the Fastest Lap with an award. Plus, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, DHL are working with F1 to deliver the time-trial invitational event ahead of the Pro Draft.

 

A new and exclusive agreement with Juss Intellisport Co. Ltd will also bring the electrifying world of F1 Esports to China for the first time ever. The F1 New Balance Esports Series – China Championship will launch in the late summer of 2019, expanding F1’s reach and presence in one of the leading esports nations in the world. A special event will take place at the Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 to celebrate this landmark moment at F1’s 1000th Grand Prix, signalling the progression, new era and refreshed direction of F1. Top Chinese gamers will be invited to race off in a warm up exhibition event ahead of the full launch of the China Championship later in the year. The China Championship will give a select number of the fastest and most skilled Chinese gamers automatic entry into the prestigious Pro Draft in 2020.

 

Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1, said: “Last season was a decisive year for F1 Esports with the inclusion of the first official teams and record audience figures. As we move into this 2019 season, F1 will remain at the forefront of this explosive industry. The potential within this space is extremely exciting both as a commercial opportunity, but importantly, as a way for the sport to engage with the next generation of motorsport fans. We are committed to exponential growth in the world of esports, and as a result the 2019 season is going to be even bigger and better. Having more than doubled the prize fund, we plan to attract even more talent to the series and to continue the upward trajectory we are on.”

 

Frank Sagnier, CEO at Codemasters, said: “The F1 New Balance Esports Series creates exciting opportunities for Codemasters to further engage with our core community and develop experiences for fans with a passion for both virtual and real-world racing. We’re always investigating ways to better integrate esports into our F1 games, as this will encourage more players to test their race skills against the top professionals, and we look forward to welcoming the new talent who will emerge this season.”

 

Garry Cook, Executive Chairman at Gfinity plc, said: “F1 New Balance Esports Series has captured the imagination of the global gaming community. It delivers incredible racing and through entertaining content, such as the draft show, gives fans a reason to care about the drivers. Esports fans want it all. They want the back stories, the drivers’ journeys to greatness, the emotion of being chosen to represent an F1 team. And they want to experience daring manoeuvres on the track. F1 New Balance Esports Series delivers this. That is why a new and younger audience is embracing the F1 story. Series 3 is going to be bigger, bolder and more entertaining than ever.”

 

For more information on the 2019 F1 New Balance Esports Series visit www.f1esports.com

 

 

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Good luck to those taking part, I don't stand a chance in the China qualifier it's my weakest track, the other 2 though.. 👀

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Great to see more advertisement for the qualifying rounds this year.  Seemed to always "just happen" in previous years without anyone really knowing.  

On another note however, is esports exclusive to racers that use a wheel?  I ask as I coordinate an Australian league with around 65 members.  In this league the fastest two or three use the DS4 controller.  These guys could potentially do alright in Esport as they are very very quick, however are not sure it's worth applying due to only using a wheel.  Anyone who has made the change from pad to wheel knows it is not a simple move, time is needed.......so qualifying with a pad, then to be thrust potentially onto a wheel would be pretty ****.

Any feedback on this would be much appreciated as I'll be passing it onto our league members in due course.

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Too bad they couldn’t fix 2018. I won’t be buying 2019. Too many glitches. 

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Do Codemasters have a response for the alleged cheating that is going on on the PC version?  The top time there is about 15 seconds ahead of everyone else.  When I say everyone else, I'm talking about the normal dudes you always see up the top of TT.  It's been alleged on a Reddit forum that the grip value in the code can be slightly modified while still being able to compete in these events.

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Hey!

It's awesome to see the reactions about the series. We've been hard at work creating it. Just going through the questions in here!

On 4/5/2019 at 12:09 AM, Ferrethead81 said:

Great to see more advertisement for the qualifying rounds this year.  Seemed to always "just happen" in previous years without anyone really knowing.  

On another note however, is esports exclusive to racers that use a wheel?  I ask as I coordinate an Australian league with around 65 members.  In this league the fastest two or three use the DS4 controller.  These guys could potentially do alright in Esport as they are very very quick, however are not sure it's worth applying due to only using a wheel.  Anyone who has made the change from pad to wheel knows it is not a simple move, time is needed.......so qualifying with a pad, then to be thrust potentially onto a wheel would be pretty ****.

Any feedback on this would be much appreciated as I'll be passing it onto our league members in due course.

Thanks for the feedback about advertisement. We're improving each year!
Pad > Wheel: Nope - it's open to all to qualify on. However, you MUST use a wheel at the live events. There is no exception for this, but always helps make the dive over to wheel happen quicker.

 

On 4/4/2019 at 1:12 PM, drKotasz said:

Why F1 2018? Why not wait for the release of F1 2019?

The Pro Series will begin on 2019 and as we wanted to make the season longer, we needed the guys qualified firstly 🙂 That being said, we do have some cool stuff on 2019 coming up!

 

On 4/10/2019 at 5:38 AM, Ferrethead81 said:

Do Codemasters have a response for the alleged cheating that is going on on the PC version?  The top time there is about 15 seconds ahead of everyone else.  When I say everyone else, I'm talking about the normal dudes you always see up the top of TT.  It's been alleged on a Reddit forum that the grip value in the code can be slightly modified while still being able to compete in these events.

We have visibility of all of the data from each attempt. I know the time you are referring to and if you check the F1Esports.com website (I'll update it shortly), you'll see the "actual" leaderboard. The game doesn't know who's registered on F1Esports.com, so the leaderboard on the website is always a good way to verify who's registered, who's valid etc. Hope this helps. 

 

Good luck for Event 1, you have just under a week remaining!

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So hang on a minute.......a handful of youtube sim racers were offered the chance to qualify for the e-sports pro draft via a different means to the rest of us?  To be honest that is pretty ****.  If they are good enough, and dedicated enough these "renowned sim racers" should be able to qualify the same way as the rest of us.  I was no where near the top to get selected, but I'd be mightily ****** if I'd missed a position due to this like 10 people did.  Either it's a fair playing field or it isn't.

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6 hours ago, Ferrethead81 said:

So hang on a minute.......a handful of youtube sim racers were offered the chance to qualify for the e-sports pro draft via a different means to the rest of us?  To be honest that is pretty ****.  If they are good enough, and dedicated enough these "renowned sim racers" should be able to qualify the same way as the rest of us.  I was no where near the top to get selected, but I'd be mightily ****** if I'd missed a position due to this like 10 people did.  Either it's a fair playing field or it isn't.

It obviously isn't. But they know which side their bread is buttered. Just look how Aarava trended on Youtube Gaming during the first week of his career videos - Codemasters knows this brings them sales, and really, who can blame them? It's not even close to fair, but all they'd care about, is cashflow (you'd be the same if you were their income source).

They can't exactly tell their investors to stuff off and do what we as buyers want instead.

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I’ve been playing codemasters games since the 90’s when OFP(Operstion Flashpoint) came out. 

Well in 2018 I was excited to get F1. I was actually getting pretty good, then the crash starts started. It got so bad you couldn’t even get off the line without some asshat running into as many people as he could. 

I contacted codemasters about it as well as a couple issues with my stats constantly resetting. No response, nothing.

Well I no longer play F1 and codemasters can shove it for all I care. They have some pretty big issues with their games and they seem to only develop them so far and never actually finish them. It’s aleays been that way and hasn’t changed in 20yrs. 

I’ve washed my hands with them and won’t ever purchase another codemasters game!

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