"This is a program that provides a real motorsports license after achieving a certain level of performance within the game," he explained in an interview that took place at E3. "Myself, I have a motorsports license, but acquiring that motorsports license is actually pretty difficult. It takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of money--and throughout the world right now, there are fewer and fewer people becoming newly involved in motorsports. So this is a program that really aims to increase the popularity of motorsports in the real world."
GameSpot probed for further details. You qualify for the license by first completing racing etiquette mode. You'll also need to score silver rank or higher in campaign events, and attain and maintain a high level of class and sportsmanship points.
Additionally, younger readers should know that earning a motorsports license is not considered an alternative for acquiring a driver's license. A motorsports license will let you race in events, but it won't do you much good when Saturday night rolls around and you have to ask your parents to give you and your date a lift to the movies.
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I'm glad the next GT game is making online play the focus and competitive modes more accessible to the masses. I never tried iRacing due to the monthly fee, but would've loved to otherwise.