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Featured Official SRO E-Sport GT Series Announcement

Discussion in 'SRO E-Sport GT Series' started by Paul Jeffrey, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief Staff Premium

    The SRO E-Sport GT Series powered by Assetto Corsa Competizione is here!

    Utilising Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official Blancpain GT Series racing simulation from Kunos Simulazioni, the official SRO E-Sport GT Series has been announced today. Set to offer sim racing professionals and amateur drivers alike the opportunity to not only enjoy high level competitive virtual racing, but the opportunity to earn a professional driver experience with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the brand new SRO E-Sport GT Series looks set to become one of the premier championships in the rapidly growing sim racing eSport landscape.

    Check out the official website here - www.sro-esport.com

    The new SRO E-Sport GT Series will look to mirror its real life Blancpain GT counterpart by opening the competition up to three distinct categories of driver. Professional eSport invitational pilots will make up the PRO category of the first round, to be held on site at the Italian Grand Prix Monza circuit, whilst online qualifiers will be available for drivers who wish to participate in the SILVER classification of the race. Finally, sim racers attending the opening round of the 2019 Blancpain GT Series at Monza will have the opportunity to participate on-site, as they look to secure a slot on the grid with their SILVER and PRO rivals.

    Check out the official SRO E-Sport GT Series forum here.

    RaceDepartment are proud to announce that we will be the official Media Partner for this exciting new series. We will be in attendance during the full five round calendar in 2019 - producing exclusive live and pre-recorded content from this exciting virtual championship in its entirety, including live streaming of the racing itself, as well as taking you behind the scenes of both the SRO E-Sport GT Series and the 2019 Blancpain GT championship.. so don't forget to stay tuned and subscribed to our Social Media channels for some very exciting content in the coming weeks and months.

    Check out the Official Twitch Stream channel here.

    Set to take place on some of the finest and most historic motorsport venues anywhere in the world, The SRO E-Sport GT Series virtual season will consist of four rounds running alongside the real world Blancpain GT Series, with the Grand Finale taking place at the season closing event at Barcelona.

    Check out the full SRO E-Sport Series calendar here.

    The announcement press release in full:

    ROME – March 27 th , 2019 – A new era is about to begin thanks to Assetto Corsa Competizione, the Official Videogame of the Blancpain GT Series, developed by KUNOS Simulazioni and published by 505 Games.

    This April at Monza, in parallel with the first Round of 2019 Blancpain GT Series championship by SRO Motorsports Group, a new e-sport initiative will happen that provides the opportunity for 3 top sim racers to be accepted into Lamborghini Squadra Corse for a racing experience, where those lucky sim racers will be evaluated for driving, physical and mental skills and will live a racing experience with the team. All info will soon be available at www.sro-esport.com

    GT3 racing fans from all over the world will be served with an official virtual championship, organized by SRO Motorsports Group and Kunos Simulazioni with the key support of Pirelli, worldwide leader for road and track tyres and AK Informatica, the Italian gaming hardware and events company with 10 years of expertise in the field.

    RaceDepartment will be on site as Official Media Partner of the initiative, and will provide live streams coverage, video showcases, interviews, articles and official forum support.

    The SRO E-Sport GT Series virtual season will feature 4 rounds and a Grand Finale taking place at some of the finest and most historic circuits in the world:
    ⦁ Monza – Italy
    ⦁ Paul-Ricard – France
    ⦁ Spa-Francorchamps – Belgium
    ⦁ Nurburgring GP – Germany
    ⦁ Grand Finale in Barcelona – Spain

    The championship will include on-site and on-line contenders and features PRO e-sport invitational drivers that will race in a dedicated Sim Racing Arena featuring 12 high-end simulators and will be challenged by online qualifiers (SILVER Class) and on-site drivers selected amongst these races’ public (AM Class).

    Any Assetto Corsa Competizione player will be eligible to join the competition by following the official website www.sro-esport.com where the championship regulation will be posted and updated together with media material, highlights and exclusive insights.​

    The competition will feature 3 classes:

    ⦁ 12 PRO
    Invitational pro e-sport drivers and celebrities that will be selected by the organization.

    ⦁ 12 SILVER
    ACC drivers participating to an online leaderboard. They will need to register as SILVER drivers on ⦁ www.sro-esport.com and they will score their Hotstint attempt by playing the SRO E-Sport GT Series Special Event inside the game, in the Special Events section.

    ⦁ 12 AMATEUR drivers
    Drivers selected on-site during the Fridays and Saturdays of the rounds. Monza will be the only exception, with the on-site selection of AM Class starting on Saturday morning.

    Each of the 3 classes will have the same amount of opportunity to win the round final, since there will be 3 class finals (PRO, SILVER, AM) composed by 12 drivers each. The top 4 drivers of each class semi-final will join the round final (4 PROs, 4 SILVERs, 4 AMs) and the round final podium drivers will be celebrated on the track’s real podium, since any of these 5 events will be held during the corresponding real race weekends of Blancpain GT Series.

    Thanks to all the initiative’s partners, special prizes will be up for grabs for each of the individual round winners, more details of which will be revealed at a later date.

    A paddock access ticket will be needed in order to participate.

    For additional information and latest details about Assetto Corsa Competizione, check the official Assetto Corsa website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.​

    About 505 Games
    505 Games, a subsidiary of the Italian entertainment company Digital Bros., is a global video game publisher focused on offering a broad selection of titles for players of all ages and skill levels. The company publishes and distributes premium and free-to-play games on leading console, PC and handheld platforms as well as for mobile devices and social networks.
    Publishing highlights in premium games include Last Day of June, PAYDAY 2, Terraria, Portal Knights, Laser League, Assetto Corsa, ABZÛ, Virginia, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons and How to Survive. Free-to-play publishing highlights include Battle Islands, Gems of War and Hawken. Distribution highlights include No Man’s Sky, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Stardew Valley, Dead by Daylight and Inside/Limbo. Upcoming titles include Remedy’s Control, Indivisible (from the development team behind Skullgirls), Journey to the Savage Planet, and Koji Igarashi’s next project, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

    505 Games has offices in California, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and China. The company works with a network of distribution and sub-licensing partners in all other markets. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com.​

    About Kunos Simulazioni
    Kunos Simulazioni is a software house specialized in developing driving simulations mainly for the Windows platform. The company started in 2005 as a one man show, and now involving various professional figures, capable of producing the required technology that satisfies different requirements: from professional training software for drivers and racing teams, to promotional channel for companies, to advanced videogame dedicated to sim racers looking for a driving model with maximum realism. Kunos Simulazioni was born with the main objective to deliver to the market an advanced version of freeware project “netKar”, but it then developed into a structure able to cover several fields in virtual racing. Today, Kunos Simulazioni is active in the virtual driving sector offering a proprietary technology strongly focused on realism of dynamics models. Its latest videogame, “ASSETTO CORSA”, is one of the most popular and appreciated racing simulations representing a benchmark in terms of car handling, driving feeling and track accuracy.​

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  2. speedyx56


    Seems like a good initiative.
    I hope they'll be smart enough to have something similar for us plebeians who can't afford to travel to a single real race, let alone several. I didn't get into karting cause I can't shell out thousands of € on a regular basis, I'm not about to start doing that to travel to real events to race on a sim.
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  3. FeltHat


    i hope the sim is ready enough :rolleyes:
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  4. Michel Bélisle

    Michel Bélisle

    Europeans have all the fun... :notworthy:
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  5. GP20


    Really nice. :)
  6. Ricoow

    Assetto Corsa Competizione Club Staff Staff Premium

    This is some incredible news guys. Really congrats on becoming official Media Partners :) Looking forward to the updates
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  7. Dobermann92


    So all I have to do to participate is "just" to travel to Monza? I don't even have a high-end wheel yet, so I can only go there if you pay for my trip, thanks. ;)
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  8. jacksorensen


    Really nice, good job RD with Official Media Partner. :)
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  9. Martin Larsen

    Martin Larsen

    So this means that full version of ACC is out before Monza? :whistling:
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  10. WallyTP


    And triple screen support? No?:(
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  11. Jason Mullin

    Jason Mullin

    Yes unequivocally without a doubt yes.
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  12. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper

    If i’m reading this right...

    Three classes of driver will be allowed to take part.

    PRO : These are professional "real world" drivers as well as celebrities (whatever that means!)

    SILVER : This is "us". Register at the website. And get lapping. However 12 slots is not a lot for the hundreds that will try and make it on the leaderboard.

    AM : 12 drivers who set hot lap times at the events themselves.

    An interesting concept but the limit is quite low. Shame they can’t just have a Pro server, Am server, etc. Ho Hum.
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  13. FlyGasm

    Shut Up and Race! Premium

    I guess someone has confidence this will be a good sim? Seems like that would be added pressure for Kunos. Could be a good thing or bad, depending on how you look at it.
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  14. ZeroRisk

    Pro racing driver for hire! (according to ACC) Premium

    Hope they do something similar in the other Blancpain regions, US and Asia... then I may get a chance at Sepang...
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  15. Paradyski


    Wish i could compete however with 1.48.5xx at Monza i can only watch others on YT lol
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  16. Tony

    APIA RACING Staff Premium

    Why would you want triple screen support in a racing sim??? :sneaky::whistling::sneaky: ( please note the sarcasm in my comment)
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  17. Mr Latte

    Mr Latte

    Yeah, its a real bag of laughs over here........

    Well done on the media partnership.
    I hope it works out better than the backstop :roflmao:.
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  18. José lima

    José lima

    This is a good sim, atleast in my opinion.
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  19. guidofoc


    Well, this was born as the official game of the Blancpain GT series and as an e-sports title. It is only normal that they organize Blancpain-related e-sports events. I have 100 hours in ACC and to me the code is now solid enough for the first "simple" events. Not yet for endurance races, but for hotlapping and sprint races it is more than decent already.
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  20. Paul Glover

    Paul Glover
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    There are online qualifiers
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