Formula E announces ‘Road to Las Vegas’ eSports race with $1m prize fund

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Formula E has confirmed more details for its upcoming eSports race in Las Vegas that will see drivers battle for a prize fund of $1 million.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag announced over the London ePrix weekend at the beginning of July that Las Vegas would play host to an e-race in January, acting as a non-championship round for season three.

ESports has been a key area of focus for Formula E since its inception, with a handful of drivers going head-to-head at each race weekend in a virtual race.

As part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit (January 5-7) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 20 drivers racing in Formula E this season will be pitted against each other on the rFactor 2 game, as confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

The drivers will be joined by 10 fans who can win a place on the grid via the ‘Road to Las Vegas Challenge’ scheme, more details about which can be found by clicking here.

“Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans,” Agag said upon the announcement.

“Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace.

“All this will take place within CES, the world’s largest technology show, highlighting our commitment to fan engagement through innovation and technology.

“We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution.

“Gamers, welcome to Formula E – let’s race!”

Formula E previously made an appearance in Las Vegas when its demo car ventured down The Strip in 2014.