Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios have announced a partnership with ESL for the latest Project CARS instalment.


“When planning our Driver Network features around Multiplayer, Time Trials, Leaderboards, and Community Events we had a hope that the community were going to inspire healthy yet fierce competition amongst the players and a vision that one day this may be elevated to the professional scene,” said Andy Tudor, who is the Creative Director at Slightly Mad Studios. You proved us right by immersing yourself in our regularly-rotating Community Events, by creating your own Online Leagues, and by pro teams participating in the ongoing SMS-R Driver Network Championship season.

Earlier in the year we attended Gamergy in Madrid to test how Project CARS would work as a live eSports event and we invited pro players from the scene to give their feedback. This was extremely promising and it helped us plan our second event at gamescom this year which was a huge success.”

He goes on to mention that after the equal success of the PlayStation Plus European Cup tournament, this then prompted the company to set up the official ESL online competition for Project CARS, the first part of which will begin this Sunday, on September 13th, 2015. This will prompt the start of several weekly competitions, before the game appears at this September’s EGX, which is also being hosted by Bandai Namco Entertainment UK. 

According to the team, “Players will be able to participate in multiplayer racing against each other, time trials, and Twitch-streamed finals, as well as experience live music, commentary, giveaways, and a few exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming Project CARS ON DEMAND content.”

More information will be available about the online events available to play through ESL, as well as the EGX show on their official website, so stay tuned, and if you’re headed up to EGX, drop in and take a look!