Holy crop-circles Batman, Farming Simulator is an esport!

Farming Simulator 19 has not only captured the imaginations of wannabe farmers and agriculturalists but is now taking the esports community by storm! You heard that right, Giants Software has fully committed to esports with the creation of the Farming Simulator League.

I had never heard of this before and my mind was boggling at what the competitive aspect of Farming Simulator would be. To my astonishment, this isn’t the first season of the Farming Simulator League, as there was a Farming Simulator Championship held in 2018.

The new Farming Simulator League will be a fully-fledged esports league with 10 tournaments across Europe. At the end of the season, the best teams will compete for the title of the Farming Simulator Champion and €100,000 in prizes. Every single tournament will not only grant circuit points for the best teams but also wield big prizes, bringing the total prize pool for season two up to €250,000.

“Competitive farming is something people have enjoyed for years now, but it hasn’t been done in esports so far. We have lots of esports enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time. We believe we found the right mix of real farming and fun gameplay elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.” explains Christian Ammann, CEO of Giants Software and manager of the esports division.

Competitive elements of the competition will include hay-bale stacking and a competitive 3 vs 3 mode where teams will challenge each other to various farming tasks to determine who is the best on the field.

Farming Simulator 19 is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Mac.