2022 FIA Motorsport Games Switch to Assetto Corsa Competizione

After having run Gran Turismo Sport in 2019, FIA announced a switch to Assetto Corsa Competizione for the 2nd instalment of the Motorsport Games. The event will see esports racers worldwide compete against each other on the digital version of Circuit Paul Ricard.

What are the FIA Motorsport Games?​

From 26th until 30th of October 2022, the FIA Motorsport Games will determine the nation with the best racers. Across 17 disciplines, every national FIA-backed sporting authority may nominate drivers for each discipline. Example competitions are Auto Slalom, Endurance, GT or Rally. All of which happening around Marseille where Circuit Paul Ricard is situated.

Amongst the 17 fields is an esports competition which allows every nation to send a representative digital racer. More than 80 sim racers are expected to compete, all of which need to graduate through a knock-out system to participate in the finals.

Assetto Corsa Competizione for 2022​

“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 (National Sporting Authorities), 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.”

Esports competitions at the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games will take place between October 27th and 29th.

Who do you think should represent your country in this endeavour? Let us know in the comments below!
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I wonder of those e-sport kids would still play when during a crash, the pc blows up and they have to buy a new one. Or simplified: the game locksup and you have to pay several thousands (lets stay reasonable).of dollars. "Esc-restart"...pure reality
 
I'm sticking my neck out and predicting that Kodi Nikola Latkovski will successfully defend his title this October. Because it's the driver, not the game, that makes the difference.
It's possible, yes, but then there's a big difference in terms of understanding, FFB, sensations, settings on ACC, I Racing or other compared to Gran Turismo, which nevertheless limits the passage of an average console player to this type of competition.
 
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I think people here dont understand how these things work.

This just means PD stopped paying the FIA for the endorsement, and Kunos is now paying for the "privilege" instead.

It has nothing to do with "X game is more real than Y"....
I think its more of a case of SRO helping FIA organise the motorsport games. So they be wanting "their" game to get the publicity. Not necessarily any money exchanged.
 

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