Formula E drivers to race video gamers in Vegas event

Thu Sep 1, 2016 7:01am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Ten video gamers will take on Formula E racing drivers in a virtual 'ePrix' in Las Vegas in January with $1 million in prize money to be won, organizers of the electric series announced on Thursday.

Alejandro Agag, chief executive of the electric racing series, told Reuters the 10 members of the public would secure their places through online qualifying races dubbed the 'Road to Vegas Challenge'.

All 20 regular drivers will join them for the virtual race on a specially designed track that will incorporate the famed Las Vegas Strip.

"The maximum any one person can make is a quarter of a million dollars," said Agag. "And it's probably quite likely that a gamer wins that."

Agag said an original plan to offer one $1 million jackpot had been modified to broaden out the prize money.

"It's good to split the prizes quite a lot because that motivates the gamers more and we want to maximize the participation," he said.

The event will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel as part of a Jan. 5-7 sport business and innovation summit within the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Formula E said competitors will use Playseat simulators with technical systems provided by Cloud Sport who are also organizing the qualifying races. (here)   Continued...