Nissan is searching for the best Gran Turismo gamers out there and is giving them a chance to compete in an official FIA championship. What’s at stake? A a trip to the NISMO Festival at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan and to the Tokyo headquarters of Polyphony Digital.
Sony PlayStation partnered with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, to create the GT Sport championships, which are the first online esports racing championships sanctioned by the FIA. How do you win the free trip to Japan? The fastest gamer who selects Nissan as their brand in one of the three FIA Manufacturers Series global regions (the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Middle East) will win the trip.
In Europe, gamers who select Nissan as their brand of choice in the FIA Manufacturers Series automatically compete in the Nissan GT Sport Cup. The Nissan GT Sport Cup competition takes the top 12 Nissan drivers in Europe from June, July and August and brings them to the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Barcelona in September.
Plus the top gamers in Europe will win a spot prize to attend a Nissan Training Camp at Silverstone Circuit.
“We proved with the Nissan GT Academy that some of the fastest drivers in the world might never have had the opportunity to compete on a race track if it weren’t for gaming,” said Nissan’s global motorsport director, Michael Carcamo. “These guys have gone from the couch to the cockpit and broken the traditional model of how to become a successful racing driver.”
“The level of competition is incredibly fierce,” Carcamo added. “And we’re now seeing that online racing is not only an alternative to the real thing. To be recognized as an official FIA Manufacturers Series Champion through GT Sport is an incredible opportunity, and we’re looking forward to having some of the best gamers in the world represent Nissan.”