The winner of this year’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition will be crowned in California after taking part of a 12-day competition in which the drivers will take to multiple tracks in a series of challenges.
The ten finalists are competing to earn a real-world race drive competing in Aston Martin GT cars throughout 2020 “a prize valued at more than US $1 million.”
The October “California Dreaming” tour will put the gamers through a set of challenges across 12 days to find the candidate considered most capable of making the transition from “gamer to racer.”
World’s Fastest Gamer brings together the best of the best regardless of the racing game or platform they compete in. While each has shown race-winning skills in the virtual world, the ten finalists will now have to impress the judging panel which includes ex-Monaco Grand Prix, two-time Indy 500 and three-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner, Juan Pablo Montoya, plus the inaugural winner of World’s Fastest Gamer, Rudy van Buren.
The “California Dreaming” tour will begin in Los Angeles and continue up the California coastline before finishing at Sonoma Raceway north of San Francisco on October 29.
Starting on October 18, the ten gamers will drive a variety of cars at major road courses including Sonoma Raceway, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Willow Springs Raceway and The Thermal Club.
In addition, the gamers will also test their nerve on ovals “ driving NASCAR stock cars at Autoclub Speedway and even a World of Outlaws-style dirt track sprint car.”
While they’ll have the walls to worry about on the ovals, the wide-open spaces of the dry lakebed at El Mirage northeast of Los Angeles will also provide a unique contrast.
“The best of the best can drive anything, anywhere, anytime that is what we’re looking for in World’s Fastest Gamer,” competition founder and Millennial Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said. “Our head judge Juan Pablo Montoya is an excellent example of that he won in Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, and sportscars. Having that versatility and ability to different conditions is vital for a successful race career.”
In additional to the real-world driving, the finalists will also take part in esports races in venues across California including downtown Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“Simply being fast at your chosen game isn’t going to be good enough,” Montoya said. “These gamers will go through the most intense development programme ever seen in esports. The pressure will be intense, but it will be nothing like competing next year at the Spa 24 Hour in Belgium they could be on track at 3 am with 70 other cars in the pouring rain at nearly 300km/h that is pressure.”
As part of the search to find the most suitable candidate, finalists will be tested on their fitness, mental aptitude, problem-solving ability, leadership skills and engineering intelligence.
“The World’s Fastest Gamer entrants are going to face some unique challenges off track. Places like Big Sur and Yosemite National Park are great tourist destinations, but this will be no holiday,” inaugural World’s Fastest Gamer winner, Rudy van Buren said.
This year’s World’s Fastest Gamer program will again be featured in a documentary series shown globally, with broadcasters including ESPN, CNBC, Sky and Fox.