Formula E team up with UNICEF for new esports competition

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Formula E has launched a major fundraising initiative in partnership with UNICEF – the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge. 

The nine-week ‘race royale’ style esports competition will feature all teams and drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as a selection of top gamers. The competition will raise funds for UNICEF and increase awareness of the global coronavirus appeal. 

Race weekends will feature two separate grids running in parallel, one comprised of drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the other one filled by some of the fastest gamers and influencers. The winning gamer will make the transition from the gaming world to secure real-life track time on a Formula E circuit during a race weekend. 

Drivers and gamers will compete using rFactor 2 simulator software in nine virtual online events taking place over a nine-week period. 

Races will be staged each Saturday beginning with a pre-season test event on April 18, before point scoring commences the following weekend. Points are then accumulated over consecutive race weekends contributing to the overall standings in the build-up to the Grand Final on June 13. 

Donations from the competition will be directed by UNICEF to emergency projects around the world, such as those contributing to the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and setting up home learning schemes for children currently out of school. 

(Image courtesy of Formula E)

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