ESPN Torque Esports Partnership Announced
*Photo Credit: Torque Esports
Good news racing fans. For the first time ever, Torque Esports’ virtual esports racing series is going to be shown live on TV! This announcement is a result of the new broadcast partnership between Torque Esports and he Disney-owned, ESPN.
The Race All-Star Series – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones kicks off this Saturday, April 11. This new Torque Esports ESPN partnership will allow the competition to reach millions of homes. Saturday’s All-Star Cup and Legends Trophy races will be shown live on ESPN2 from 12:00 noon US Eastern time and replayed Sunday on ESPN2 at 1pm ET.
This definitely fills a void left in motorsport entertainment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was on March 15 when major sporting events were cancelled. This included the opening rounds of the Formula 1 and IndyCar championship.
There will be two separate comp competitions during the Torque Esports events. The first competition is the All-Star Cup which focuses on the pitting the world’s top simulation racers against the leading stars from IndyCar, Formula E, and Formula 1.
The second competition is the Legends Trophy and it features familiar names from the Formula 1 World Championships and Indy 500 winners. Some of these names include the following:
- Emerson Fittipaldi
- Jacques Villeneuve
- Jenson Button
- Juan Pablo Montoya (also a F1 star)
- Dario Franchitti
- Helio Castroneves
- Gil de Ferran
- Tony Kanaan.
Last week’s Legends field had a combined record of three Formula 1 World Championship titles, 1076 race starts, 47 wins, 41 pole positions; eight IndyCar championships, 1414 race starts, 124 wins, and 11 Indy 500 victories; as well as 16 wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Torque Esports ESPN Partnership
“For more than 40 years, ESPN has been the leader in sports with its groundbreaking coverage, and we’re immensely proud to have The Race All-Star Series – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones now shown live on the network,” Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said about the new airtime-for-content partnership with ESPN.
“When we debuted our esports racing events, our live streaming numbers were off the charts, and now our agreement with ESPN along with our entire international broadcast package is taking virtual racing to an unprecedented global audience.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Torque Esports to introduce this genre of racing to new fans around the world. Many ESPN viewers have watched the likes of Fittipaldi, Villeneuve, Montoya, Franchitti, Castroneves, and more before but never all together in such an incredible field.
“We’re also introducing the stars of tomorrow to fans too. ESPN viewers saw the journey of World’s Fastest Gamer winner Rudy van Buren as he earned his title in 2017 – now they get to see him and the rest of the world’s top esports racers fight with top real-world racing stars as well.”
We also heard the exciting news that The Race All-Star Series – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones will eventually evolve into a full championship series starting from this weekend.
The world’s top simulation racers will compete against professional racers during a three race championship series. After each week, points will be awarded. Then at the end of three weeks, the pro racing champion is crowned and awarded a prize of $30,000 to be given to the charity of their choice.
Plus, the top-performing simulation racer will receive a full day’s test in a Formula 1 team’s simulator. This also includes flights to the UK and accommodation. All of this of course is subject to the lifting of travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legends racers will also compete for their favorite charity with a weekly US$10,000 prize on offer for the winner of the opening race.
The Race All-Star Cup – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones event scheduled for Saturday is being held at the rFactor 2 version of Sebring International Raceway. The event is from 17:00 UK, 18:00 CET, 12:00 US Eastern, 9:00 US Pacific, 13:00 Brazil, 00:00 China, 1:00 Japan and 2:00 Australian East Coast time.
The Torque Esports group also includes the Barcelona, Spain-based data analytics experts Stream Hatchet; Lyon, France-based game studio, Eden Games; Maranello, Italy-based motorsport simulator company, Allinsports; Silverstone, esports tournament and streaming platform, UMG Games; UK-based content and esports tournament creators, IDEAS+CARS; plus London-UK-based motorsport and esports racing media platform, The Race.
SOURCE Torque Esports Corp.
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