The Farming Simulator Esports League Has A €250k Prize Pool
You may have missed this one, and you can't be blamed for doing so, but of all video games to turn professionally competitive it's Farming Simulator.
No, it's not something like Farmville this is proper farming on a simulator like flying a plane. It has welcomed multiple Esports leagues and tournaments over the past couple of years. And they've been a huge success.
Starting this summer, the tractor-riding, crop-growing, animal-handling sim will open its barn doors to new, money-filled competitions, whose victors are set to take home life-changing sums.
The Farming Simulator League will roll out a total of 10 tournaments across Europe, with events staged at Gamescom in Germany and Paris Games Week. The season also features numerous online tournaments, and will end with FarmCon in the summer of 2020, boasting a final prize pool of €100,000 (£87,000, US$114,000).
All together, developer Giants Software and co will award €250,000 across the season. This is quite the increase on the League's previous prize pools - the highest was a mere €3,000.
"We saw this phenomenon," Giants Software CEO Christian Ammann told The Esports Observer. "We just tried to build something, and then we started the first tournament. The feedback was quite interesting."
Ahead of the Farming Simulator League event at AgriTechnica 2019, PR and marketing manager Martin Rabl added: "When the senior guys of AgriTechnica came by and saw how many people there were, I think that's when they realised that they should do it again in two years on a bigger scale.
"Also, that's when we realised that that's something that we could potentially do on a bit more professional level."
Aside from big-money investment, The Farming Simulator League has undergone a slight change in structure, too. An all-new 3v3 competitive mode and multiple new sponsors, from Logitech G to Intel, are set to make an appearance.
"It was a very hard process, but we had a bit of time to work on the process and see which partners we could work with on the sponsor side, the stage construction side, and on the overall management of a full-fledged league," Ammann explained.
"It was quite a steep learning curve for us, as well, but I think we are really on a good path to provide something that's a good experience for the players and also for the audience."
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