One of Australasia’s leading esports providers, LetsPlay.Live, have today announced the launch of the Auckland Supercars Eseries Wildcard Tournament in collaboration with Auckland Unlimited, an economic and cultural agency.
In a release posted today by LetsPlay.Live they have stated that the hunt is on to find New Zealand’s next great Kiwi racer to compete in the final race of the high-octane Eseries by the biggest motorsport brand in Australasia, Supercars. Running until Wednesday 29 September, the Cash Converters Supercars Eseries is offering fans the perfect mix of Supercars traditional drivers (All Stars) and elite sim racers (Pro Series).
Fans now have the opportunity to race against legends of the real life motorsport world as wildcard drivers in the All Stars final of the Eseries; all that stands in their way is the qualifying tournament.
The winner of the tournament will represent Auckland Unlimited’s Team Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland as a ‘wildcard’ driver in the main event, driving against professional motorsport drivers - set to take place on Wednesday 29 September from 7:00pm NZT.
Head of Major and Business Events at Auckland Unlimited, Richard Clarke, said in a statement that “it’s fantastic to work alongside Supercars and LPL to back esports, particularly during this time, and to create a platform for talented drivers to put their best food forward for the chance to compete alongside the pros in the final.”
“With the exponential growth globally of esports, there are clearly huge opportunities for the local industry and players, and in line with this we are actively exploring esports events as future additions to Auckland’s Major Events schedule,” finished Richard.
In 2020, video game development in Aotearoa (New Zealand) brought in nearly $325 million in revenue and employed more than 700 people, with 40% of gaming companies based in Auckland.
Duane Mutu, Managing Director of LetsPlay.Live, went on to say “Supercars are an iconic Australasian brand and one of the first traditional sports in the region to fully embrace esports.”
“It’s our pleasure to be partnering with Auckland Unlimited to showcase Kiwi talent, and it’s fantastic to see the demand for esports content strengthen in the era of COVID-19”, concluded Duane.
Senior Partnership Manager of Supercars, Mitch Kane, spoke to the companies excitement to welcome kiwi drivers to the Cash Converters Supercars Eseries for the first time and went on to say “our New Zealand fans have always shown endless support and enthusiasm for the Supercars brand and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase Kiwi talent in the Eseries this year.”
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Summary of Auckland Supercars Eseries Wildcard Tournament:
A qualifier round, open to all New Zealand residents, will be open from 6-12 September, with budding esports racers to complete their fastest lap time in the Auckland Supercars Eseries Wildcard Time Attack session via https://www.iracing.com.
Following the qualifying round, the top 10 New Zealand racers will compete in a live final, broadcast on Thursday 23 September, to find the winner.
The Auckland Supercars Eseries Wildcard Final will be broadcast from 8PM NZT on Thursday 23 September at twitch.tv/letsplay.live, Auckland Unlimited’s Facebook page and Supercars digital channels. For more information on the tournament, broadcast and qualifiers, head to www.supercars.com/proeseries/auckland-supercars-eseries-wildcard-tournament/