On Friday 10 November 2017, Dorna Sports will gather together 16 of the fastest players for the ultimate MotoGP 17 play off, and you can watch it all from the comfort of your own home!
2017 has been a big year for MotoGP, as they’ve zoomed their way into the world of eSports on the PS4. It’s been running all this year since July, all the way up until November, with six online qualifying periods, each running for ten days, leading up to the exciting final showdown at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.
The Grand Final will see the 16 best gamers invited to a live event held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, on Friday 10 November at 17:00 CET, with two hours of coverage broadcast worldwide to over 190 countries. You can watch this through both through key MotoGP broadcasters as well as on motogp.com or Youtube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter.
Founding sponsorship partners, many of whom already support the FIM MotoGP Championship, have donated top prizes for the winners, including a BMW M240i Coupé as the grand prize, a KTM390, a Samsung Smart TV, and the Red Bull Hangar 7 experience; a five-day trip of a lifetime for the finalists, and an unforgettable experience as they race to victory.
With more than 17 million video views, a global reach of over 58 million, the appeal is endless; the championship has players from Spain (six), Italy (five), the United Kingdom (two), the Netherlands, South Africa, and Germany who have all qualified for the final rounds. During the six online challenges put to entrants for the 2017 Championships, more than 2.5 million kilometers of track distance has been raced, and they recorded more than 15, 000 hours of game time.
Produced by the long-standing licensee of MotoGP 17, Milestone, the challenges included some of the best rider/manufacturer duos in the world of MotoGP. During the season, World Champions like Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were also involved in the eSport Championship media coverage, giving tips and tricks to potential eSport qualifiers – with the riders themselves playing MotoGP 17 on some of the tracks available in the competition.
Pau Serracanta, Dorna Sports’ Commercial Area Managing Director added that “We are delighted and somewhat surprised by the incredible reception from fans during the first official championship of eSports in MotoGP, I am also thrilled that the level of the participants during the season has been so high, and this will make the final very competitive. Even now, it is difficult to predict who will be the MotoGP eSport World Champion. No doubt we will continue working so that the future of the MotoGP eSport World Championship can continue to grow as it has done this year.”