It’s a badge of honour for the Kunos Simulazioni racing sim, as the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games will use Assetto Corsa Competizione for the eSports element of the event. Taking place on October 26-30th in Marseille, France, across a total of 17 race disciplines, each country can nominate one driver to compete in virtual motorsport competition.
The event was held for a first time in 2019 and saw Australian driver Cody Nikola Latkovski take the gold medal ahead of Bernal Valverde from Costa Rica and Italian Stefano Conte in what was called the Digitial Cup, and used Gran Turismo Sport. More than 80 sim racers are expected to attend the Mistral Hall overlooking the famous straight at the Paul Ricard circuit to try and survive the knock-out format to choose the 20 finalists. Competition begins on October 27th, with the final on Saturday, October 29th.
“The FIA Motorsport Games are an exceptional opportunity for Esports competitors to compete for medals alongside traditional race drivers,” said FIA Esports Commission president Niroshan Pereira.
“Working hand in hand with ASNs, we strongly believe that the FIA Motorsport Games Esports discipline can help to introduce competitors from non-traditional motorsport countries and unearth stars of the future.
“We are delighted to be able to work with Kunos Simulazioni and use their Assetto Corsa Competizione product at this occasion. It is one of the most popular esports titles in the industry, as well as among our ASNs, so being able to collaborate with them is great.”
Marco Massarutto, co-founder and Executive Manager of Kunos Simulazioni, said: “We are very pleased to be the choice of the FIA for the Motorsport Games, as with Assetto Corsa Competizione we raised the bar even higher than with Assetto Corsa, bringing the thrill of real racing simulation to a very high number of countries, that we are looking forward to see competing in an event where each of the sim racers can make his or her nation proud.
“We love racing and sports, and with Assetto Corsa Competizione each player has the opportunity to prove that skills, focus, and dedication can make the same difference in Esports like when racing on a real track.”
Although Paul Ricard is an existing circuit in the Assetto Corsa Competizione track list, apparently a custom build of the venue will be created for the event. Which presumably means an update will be released afterwards of the latest version. It’s not entirely surprising that organisers SRO have integrated ACC, as it’s their official simulation partner, and entries have now opened for national sporting authorities to register their driver.
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Assetto Corsa Competizione is available as a digital download for the PC via Steam, the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via the Microsoft Store and the PS4 or PS5 via the PlayStation Store. Or as a physical edition from Game or Amazon.