F1 Esports has announced that they will be holding the first-ever smartphone-based championship, based on Codemasters’ F1 Mobile Racing.
F1 Mobile Racing Esports launches today with the introduction of monthly qualification leagues running in September, October and November 2020. The tournament is open to anyone and will pit competitors against one another on F1 Mobile Racing, which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play Store.
The top-performing drivers from each monthly league will qualify to take part in the finals, a nine-day tournament in December 2020 to determine the F1 Mobile Racing Esports Champion.
F1 Mobile Racing Esports is a completely separate competition from the F1 Esports Series, which is slated to begin in October 2020.
Formula 1 Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports Julian Tan said:
“Mobile esports is a booming industry as Gen Zs and Gen Alpha spend more time gaming and on their phones.
We see huge potential to develop our product set and expertise in this area in our ongoing effort to reach out and build our younger fanbase, providing ever more touchpoints for them to engage with Formula 1.
This is part of F1’s strategy to continue making the sport more accessible to our fans through gaming and esports, especially with F1 Mobile Racing developed by Codemasters being completely free to download and with participation being free and open to all.
We are excited to kick off our search for our inaugural F1 Mobile Racing Esports Champion 2020!”