FIA Gran Turismo 2020 World Tour – eSports Galore

The most popular video games tournaments often revolve around MOBA games, like Dota 2 and League of Legends, first-person shooters, like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, as well as battle royale games, like Fortnite and PUBG. However, car lovers know that the real action comes in the form of racing games. The Manufacturer Series and the Nations Cup of Gran Turismo games have been gaining traction and global coverage and we are here to analyze who the winners and favorites are.

Thing to Understand

This isn’t like major sports teams and athletes. Just because an e-athlete or their team manages to win an event is in no way a guarantee that they are going to do it again. This is due to several factors, including the change of the game, the change of the equipment, new players, and players that decided, for whatever reason, to leave. So, we would advise against looking at previous winners to determine who the favorite is. The closest we can hope to get went it comes to predicting the outcome is to look at the events themselves and their rounds.

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Sydney

The World Tour started in Sydney on the 15th and 16th of February and it was an amazing win for the BMW. The second position went to Lexus and the third to Porsche. The winning drivers were Coque López, Nicolás Rubilar, and Randall Haywood with 36 points for the BMW, followed by Angel Inostroza, Tristan Bayless, and Mathew Simmons for Porsche (28 points), and Kanata Kawakami, Andrew Brooks, and Baptiste Beauvois for Lexus (26 points).

In the Nations Cup final, Takuma Miyazono from Japan, playing under the name Kerokkuma_ej20, barely managed to win against Cody Nikola Latkovski (Nik_Makozi) from Australia, by as little as 00.029 seconds. This was an amazing result for the Aussies, who got to host the World Tour for the first time. The third place went to Jonathan Wong (CAR_Saika) from Hong Kong.

Pre-Season – Round 4

FIA Gran Turismo Championship Manufacturer Series is, at the time of writing, in Round 4. In terms of regional rankings, the first three positions go to PX7-Windfire, PX7-Deafsun, and PX7-Lamb, with 1008, 999, and 958 points, respectively. It is all far from being already decided, however, as the fourth position, held by TRC_Stagger, and the fifth position, held by TTG_Destroyer are really close to the winners when it comes to points.  TRC_Stagger would be able to challenge PX7-Windfire, as the first and the third round show that the two players are not that far apart.

Germany

The next location for the World Tour will be Nürburg, Germany. The dates for the event are 22-23 May. As the competition is so far away, we are yet to determine the exact number of participants, let alone their names. Still, we expect that Toyota and Mercedes-Benz will have a few drivers in their midst to provide a decent challenge, given their results last year.