Last night, Formula One Esports demonstrated the racing genre at its very best.
Sports video games are often compared to their real life counterparts as inferior in every aspect that makes the latter so engaging, but that is to miss the point of the different – though not less considerable – skills required to play the digital versions to a high level.
And, based on yesterday’s semi-finals, production, class and adrenaline were three areas that Formula One Esports was geared to the nines on.
The dramatic atmosphere of the Gfinity Arena, combined with competitors playing in futuristic racing pods, provided a lateral but equally immersive experience for racing enthusiasts of all interests to enjoy.
What a move
The #F1Esports Semi-Finals didn’t disappoint pic.twitter.com/BnZq1DwG51
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 11, 2017
The quality of the game and commentary would leave most passers-by believing that they’d stumbled upon a genuine Formula One Grand Prix, with only the familiarity of Twitch providing context as a video-game streaming platform.
It was also broadcasted on Sky Sports – a testament to the notion that sports esports will play a key role in bringing competitive gaming to the masses.
At one point, #F1esports was trending in the UK on Twitter, and Tweeters were head over wheels about the event.
Check out the best of their reactions below:
Fair play #F1ESports was quite entertaining! Maybe my years on the PlayStation did count as a proper sport
— Chris (@chrisremy) October 10, 2017
Damn #F1eSports are actually lit tbf fair play
— ㅤㅤ☭ (@disasterclass) October 10, 2017
Been waiting for F1 to embrace this kind of thing for years. So glad to have @xMattyG up there repping WTF1 too. Awesome. #F1ESports
— Tom Bellingham (@TommyWTF1) October 10, 2017
#F1esports trending in the UK. Looks fantastic on @SkySportsF1, fan feedback overwhelmingly positive. Good sign for the future…
— Tom Halls (@tghalls) October 10, 2017
When you see the standard of the #F1Esports Series finalists
And it’s time to cancel your night off #F1 #F1Esports pic.twitter.com/xoXjWeWOYw
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 10, 2017
Very nice production. Check it out and support #simracing on the big stage. #F1Esports #F1 https://t.co/jQi5EmMDiA
— Inside Sim Racing (@InsideSimRacing) October 10, 2017
its kinda surreal with all these realistic f1 style overlays in the f1 esports stream. production quality is amazing and already much better than the vegas esports event , well done @F1 @Gfinity #F1Esports @ApexOnRacing @RaceStarsNL
— Marco FD (@MarcoFD7) October 10, 2017
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