Just when you think you've seen about all the competitive gaming leagues you can handle, one comes along to surprise you.
Giants Software has announced the Farming Simulator League, an esports league with 10 upcoming tournaments across Europe. It's the culmination of a test-drive with 2018's Farming Simulator Championship and the industry's response to that. It will find the best teams across Europe competing to take home the title of Farming Simulator Champion as well as €100,000 in prizes.
To bring this event to life, Giants Software teamed up with industry partners like Logitech G, Intel, and Nitrado. The league will be held for the first time on Farming Simulator 19, and will swap from bale stacking competitions to a 3 vs 3 mode where teams challenge each other to see who can emerge victorious at various different tasks. There will be various "real-life" field work to complete too, like harvesting, if that's the part of the game you're most interested in.
“We have a unique opportunity“, said Christian Ammann, CEO of Giants Software and manager of the esports division. “Competitive farming is something people have enjoyed for years now, but it hasn’t been done in esports so far. We have lots of esports enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time. We believe we found the right mix of real farming and fun gameplay elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.”
It shouldn't be that surprising to find that Farming Simulator 2019 is entering the esports arena, however, especially since it's an extremely challenging game and pushes you to be able to farm efficiently and correctly. It'll be fun to see how the league shakes out and what kind of competitors it attracts. Will you be joining its ranks or participating as a spectator?