The New Age of F1 Motorsport and Esport

Esport has catapulted the online gaming space to whole new heights. It has steadily become a mainstream venture, and all signs point towards an even bigger influence. FI too has had its fair share of growth over the years even in a world where gamers enjoy a variety of gaming options. The significance of F1 Motorsport and eSports in gaming can only be described as “stormy.” 

Appreciation in the Online Market

The myth circulating for years about F1 is that the game is limited to the young. No, both the old and the youths have embraced the game in current times. A practical example that would suffice this view is the survey conducted recently, which revealed that about 46% of F1 fans constitute of the young generation. This proportion goes higher than football which claims 43% young fans.

In 2018 the cumulative online audience hit +10%, reaching 490.2 million. Additionally, TV cumulative audience boasted 1.59 billion, which represented a 3% increase. Brazil, Germany, and Italy stand out in the cumulative market after China, France, and Indonesia. The number of formula one fans on social media platforms grew by a considerable margin in the same year. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as Instagram users’ number reached 18.5m which was +53.7 compared to the preceding year. 

F1 eSports

Formula one esports remains the only way players can have a gaming experience of utilizing 200 miles per hour speed. A very alarming speed, right? It looked as if F1 was not part of the gaming industry in the early days, but in 2017, the formula one series came into the esport market officially.  In the same year the launching of the world’s fastest racing tournament, the McLaren F1 was realized.

 To the advantage of many young players, the game has attracted a techno-savvy environment. Gfinity and Codemasters collaboration achieved the step by organizing worldwide tournaments that hosted more than 64,000 participants in 2017. Today, it is estimated that eSport claims about 300 million viewership worldwide. On top of that, online gaming is more than a recreation activity. In this era, professional gamers pocket about One Million USD per year is almost equal to well-paid athletes’ salaries.

Support from Fans 

Since the inception of formulae one esport, fans have been fueling its existence by mortosporting virtually. Currently, the F1aSports series proudly claims big success in the world of online gaming. The canceling of the 2020 Grand Prix season in march led to the creating the F1 eSport Virtual Grand Prix Series. About 350,000 views were realized from the virtual events. The significant interest by viewers came to the German Channel RTL notice, a recent broadcaster of Spain’s Virtual Grand Prix. 

Bottom Line

 

Since the launching of the F1 eSports in 2017, there have been substantial gaming steps. Support from viewers and players cannot go unnoticed while the organizers’ efforts count a lot. In recent times, more and more young fans are getting an interest in F1 eSports, with some of them utilizing the opportunity to build their lifetime career.

Here is a recent video we did with Armen about F1 – Drive To Survive.

 

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.

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