In a world where being offended has become somewhat of a hobby, we have witnessed political correctness making its way to the gaming industry. In some games, this has led to some questionable decisions when it comes to gameplay or realism, and in a few cases, it’s safe to say that political correctness literally destroyed a gaming project.
However, being politically correct does not always have to be a negative, as the following could result in something very positive for the sim racing community.
As part of the We Race As One initiative, F1 Esports has introduced the F1 Esports Series Women’s Wildcard, a female-only qualification route into the Pro Exhibition.
Open only to female competitors, racers will compete over the course of the week of May 3-9, setting flying lap times on F1 2020 to determine who’s fastest. The fastest qualifier will go through to the Pro Exhibition in May, a special event where the 10 F1 Esports teams will have the opportunity to select from a pool of some of the fastest sim racers in the world.
At the Pro Exhibition, a further gauntlet of in-game assessments will help the teams fine-tune their rosters for 2021, as the qualifying hopefuls are put through their paces. This event, including the Women’s Wildcard assessments, will be shown live across Formula 1 social channels on Thursday, May 27.
Female competitors have featured in other F1 Esports events in the past, but thus far there have been no women racing in the professional ranks of the F1 Esports Series. With the introduction of the Women’s Wildcard, it’s hoped that more female racers will be encouraged to take on F1 Esports from a grassroots level, with a view to being the first female driver to be selected by an official F1 Esports team.
F1 stated – This is the first female-only competition the sport has run, which Formula 1 hopes will encourage more drivers from the passionate talented female sim-racing community to engage with the F1 Esports Series at a grassroots level, in the hope of becoming the first ever driver to be signed by an official F1 Esports Series Team.
Female sim-racers who are interested to take part can register here.
Official Website – www.formula1-game.com