A lions-share of that amount will be awarded by the recently-announced Porsche iRacing World Championship that comes with a $100K prize fund. The other 200 grand will be split among the other five eSport World Championship series that cover disciplines such as NASCAR, Rallycross, sports car racing and dirt ovals.
“This is exactly what we envisioned we would be doing when we launched iRacing in 2008 – create the most competitive and authentic racing simulation,” said Dave Kaemmer, co-founder and CEO, iRacing.com. “We have serious prize money for all of these World Championship series now. eSports are here to stay and the commitment from iRacing and our amazing partners shows we are in it for the long haul.”
2019 will be the tenth year iRacing has hosted World Championships and sees monumental increases in prize money for competitors. The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned World Championship eSports Series, and the longest-running eSports World Championship, jumps to $100,000.
The recently announced Porsche iRacing World Championship will also pay out $100,000 in prize money. This brand new eSports World Championship Series is supported by Porsche Motorsports and will see drivers from around the globe racing in the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
>The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Championships, will each increase their prize pools to $25,000. Showcasing the best dirt oval simracers, these series live up to the hype – “the fastest show on dirt.”
Finally, the iRacing Rallycross World Championship and the VRS GT iRacing World Championship, which features team endurance racing, will see their prize pools increased to $25,000 per series.
iRacing, the original eSports racing game, was built with championship series like these in mind. Using a proprietary match-making system (iRating) that ranks drivers skill, simracers progress through the ranks and ultimately to world championship level drivers if they are in among the best. The iRating system works equally as well for the non-elite drivers and helps to keep all levels of racing competitive for everyone on iRacing.