No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.
GIANTS Software’s cult hit game Farming Simulator will now be hosting e-Sports leagues officially, as per their official website. For those unaware, Farming Simulator is a game where you literally play as a farmer, cultivating livestock and agriculture, and selling them for profit.
This isn’t their first time dabbling with the idea of having professional competitive Farming Simulator, having done a Championship back in 2018. The main difference between then and now, however, is the fact that there will be proper tournament structures, sponsorship deals, and a whole lotta cash.
Season one of the Farming Simulator League is set to take place in Europe, with about ten separate tournaments happening across the continent. Contestants will challenge each other for the top prize of €250,000 (~US$283,000). These tournaments will be held in major European gaming conventions and events, such as Gamescom and Paris Games Week.
GIANTS Software will be sponsored by the likes of Logitech G, Intel, Nitrado and noblechairs. There are even custom controllers up for sale for the most serious of players.
Christian Ammann, CEO of GIANTS Software and manager of the eSports division, enthused, “We have a unique opportunity”.
Competitive farming is something people enjoy 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 to play game elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.
How will this Farming Simulator League play out in the near future? We’ll find out soon enough.
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