In an interview with Motorsport.com, former WEC CEO Gerard Neveu who is now a Motorsport advisor at Motorsport Games revealed that an official World Endurance Championship (WEC) game is in the making and that the title is scheduled for a 2023 release.
Gerard Neveu said: I’m excited to work with the team to build upon the company’s existing major live events and continue to help spread the joy of virtual racing with fans around the world.
Virtual racing and esports have become major parts of the future within the world of motorsport and I’m honored to get to be a part of the phenomenon. By connecting real-life motorsports with virtual racing events, we can create a whole new community that goes beyond just watching on TV, to actually participating in world-class racing events.
We have so many exciting plans in the pipeline, says Neveu. First, in an agreement between Motorsport Games, Le Mans, and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, I can tell you that we will have a dedicated video game targeted to launch in 2023 – to coincide with the centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
This is under development, and we have a dedicated team working very hard on it. It will reflect the ambiance of sportscar racing and this magical event, I’m sure all sportscar fans will find it very interesting.
Until then, we shall also develop the Le Mans Virtual into a series of races, a regular esports championship similar to the WEC format. We will use the same model: combining the best esports and pro race drivers, with events at four tracks – with LMP2 and GTE cars as before. Alongside this, there will be races open to the public, so everyone can enjoy.
Finally, I can tell you that the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, racing at the Circuit de la Sarthe, will be run again this coming winter. We will follow the same route as before, with very famous drivers taking part and a great broadcast for the fans to follow, and we plan to develop the quality of this event to another level.
We’ll have some more exciting news about this after the real-world Le Mans takes place in August.
It is clear that Motorsport Games inc. is going places.
A week ago, they confirmed that they have established an official partnership with North America’s premier open-wheel racing series, and with it, the opportunity to create a brand new franchise that grants them the right to develop and distribute a series of official NTT Indycar Series games. The first official Indycar title is expected to launch in 2023 on Xbox, PlayStation consoles, and PC.
Motorsport Games recently also acquired the assets and the business of KartKraft, the highly acclaimed PC kart racing simulator from the Australian developer Black Delta. The publisher also successfully completed the acquisition of Studio 397, developers of the rFactor 2 racing simulator, and took ownership of Developer Digital Tales USA and with it, its upcoming new official Superbike mobile game.
Needless to say, besides developers, you also need licenses to create market appealing games. So for Motorsport Games, the hunt is on.
Besides the NASCAR and official Superbike game license, Motorsport Games has also cached on the success of the Le Mans Esports Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Esport Event and managed to secure a Joint Venture with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest resulting in a Ten Year Exclusive License. In 2020, Motorsport Games also confirmed they acquired a gaming license to create an official British Touring Car Championship Racing Game.
Alongside handling the distribution and development of new games, Motorsport Games is also an award-winning esports partner for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula E, BTCC, the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, among others.