Renault enters eSports with Team Vitality
Renault, the Formula 1 motor racing team, has ventured into eSports, by joining forces with Team Vitality, the France-based eSports team, to launch a competitive video gaming team.
Renault Sport Team Vitality will exclusively take part in motorsport eSports contests.
The team’s first competition will be the 2018 Rocket League Series Europe based on the vehicular soccer video game.
In a statement, Renault said that it was “also in discussion with F1 to compete in the Formula One eSports Series.”
In August last year, Formula 1 launched its inaugural eSports competition, which was run in partnership with Gfinity, the eSports promoter, and Codemasters, the racing game developer.
McLaren, the Formula 1 team, also had its own eSports event last year in which players had the chance to compete in a Formula 1 simulator to win a one-year contract with the team.
In 2016, Formula E, the electric motor racing series, hosted its first eSports event, with a simulator race-off between drivers Bruno Senna and Nico Prost.
This was followed by the launch of its inaugural Vegas eRace, which was held in Las Vegas in January 2017.