HTC partnered with Formula One team McLaren for VR eSports.
eSports is set to expand to virtual reality games. HTC today unveiled the qualifier of the “McLaren Shadow Project” in China, the world’s first VR motorsport eSports competition in cooperation with the Formula 1 team McLaren, as well as a wide range of exciting new content at ChinaJoy 2018.
The “McLaren Shadow Project” is a virtual racing program in which participants compete in a racing game that shadows the real F1 team, using the Vive Pro headset, available on amazon.com. The competition will be time trial-based, and the fastest player from ChinaJoy 2018 will win a place in the finals, to take place in January 2019 at the McLaren Technology Center UK. The program’s champion will win a seat in McLaren’s new eSports team, an opportunity to join the McLaren eSports development programme and a unique motorsport experience.
"VR/AR(XR) technologies will fundamentally change the game, not only in the entertainment industry but across all facets of life, while the Vive Focus system update released today massively increases the amount of content accessible for the device elevating its value for users to a new level,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China President, HTC.
“Already, the dramatic impact of XR on the gaming industry is transformational, which is clearly demonstrated by the new class of immersive content we are showing at ChinaJoy! As a category, eSports is being redefined by immersive technologies, and this cooperation between HTC Vive and McLaren to hold the world’s first official VR motorsport eSport event this week is bringing the worlds of virtual and physical sports closer together than ever.”
Qualification heats kick off at ChinaJoy from August 3-6, entrants must be over 18, entrants do not need to pre-register and can sign up on the day at the HTC booth located at S112, Hall E4 in Shanghai New International Expo Center.
Additional McLaren Shadow Project qualifying events are being held throughout the summer on Real Racing 3 (mobile), Forza Motorsport (Xbox), iRacing (PC) and rFactor 2 (PC).