Driving around the iconic twists and turns down the streets of Monaco or accelerating up to 235km/h down Monza's inviting straights has never been as accessible to enjoy from the very comfort of your own home as it is right now.
And it is all thanks to the rise of technology and more specifically, eSports.
Formula One have become the latest sport to tap into the increasing demand for eSports, with McLaren the first team to enter the virtual sports arena.
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In the F1 giants' latest innovative idea, the British team have launched a competition to land a job with the company as one of its official simulator drivers.
The 'World’s Fastest Gamer' pits the best gamers in the world across multiple racing platforms as they battle each other to discover the ultimate ‘champion of champions’.
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The winner will earn a one-year contract with McLaren and help engineers to develop and improve the actual machinery used by Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne in the real world.
“This is a hugely exciting opportunity – not only within the gaming industry, but for everyone at McLaren and motorsport in general. We’ve long witnessed the growth of online sports gaming, and, right now, the parallels between the real and the virtual worlds have never been closer," McLaren's Technology Group Executive Director Zak Brown said.
“This is absolutely the right time to be creating such a unique and exciting proposition; one that connects the worlds of racing and gaming in a way that’s never been explored before.
“World’s Fastest Gamer really aims to democratise the process of finding the best virtual racer out there. The contest isn’t limited to one platform or one game; we’re very keen not to restrict access or entry for people, but rather welcome the worldwide gaming community, whether that’s on mobile or on high-end simulator platforms.
“And the winner will genuinely be a key part of our team at McLaren. This is for real: we absolutely require additional support across our two simulator platforms, so the competition and the selection process will be rigorous, ruthless and compelling to watch.”
You will struggle to find a cooler job interview than this!
Each stage of the competition will be streamed onto a dedicated YouTube channel before six hand-picked finalists for join four qualifiers to make the last 10.
The age of competitive virtual gaming is now and founder of virtual motorsport’s famous GT Academy, Darren Cox believes 'World Fastest Gamer' shows just how fast eSports is expanding.
Cox added: “Gaming and eSports are growing at an astonishing rate. The football industry has recognised this, with the result that activity has exploded between the real world and the virtual world in the last 18 months.
"Now, World’s Fastest Gamer will provide the focus for motorsport to talk directly to the huge numbers of passionate and dedicated gamers racing online – engaging and immersing them in the real world of racing.
“Motorsport will invest heavily in eSports in the coming months and years, and World’s Fastest Gamer is at the very forefront of that movement.”
So come and have a go if you think you're quick enough!
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