A global eSports championship for WRC 5 has been announced which will run parallel with each WRC round throughout the 2016 season.

“A great online experience is one of the most requested features expected by WRC fans. We spent a lot of time thinking about something new and really exciting for them” says Alain Jarniou, Game Director of WRC 5. “Esports is growing really fast year after year, but there are only a few motorsport games which propose an exciting online competition. We really think that WRC esports will be the best challenge ever seen for a motorsport game and for rally fans.”

The event will be handled by ESL – the world’s largest eSports company and has confirmed the finals will be broadcast live online on Twitch.

This is the first time I’ve seen a motorsport title push into eSports territory and can’t wait to see how it turns out. You can watch the announcement trailer below.  WRC 5 is releasing on the 9 / 16 October for the Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360.