As part of this year's CES shenanigans, the Formula E motorsport is holding a little esports event of their own. But while the electric division of Formula 1 branching into esports and sim racing isn't all that new, the prospect of them establishing a professional esports league is.
Alejandro Agag, the chief executive of Formula E, told Autosport that the eRace series, where fans go through a series of qualifiers to face off against real Formula E drivers in rFactor 2, could be expanded into a full-blown league.
"We're definitely looking at that option ... Vegas is the beginning, it will be very interesting to analyse how the whole thing works," Agag is quoted as saying. "From there we'll make decisions."
The eRace at Las Vegas for CES, however, is a bit different. Instead of just featuring a select few real-life drivers, the race will pit 10 fans against the 20 drivers currently in Formula E, the electric-powered sister division of Formula 1.
The winner of the Vegas eRace will walk away with $US200,000, which isn't bad given the scale of eRace to more recognised, established esports. And anyone from 11th onwards gets $US20,000 just for racing, which is pretty bloody good for esports as far as minimum payouts go.
More detail about the eRace, and its connection to Formula E, can be found on the official site.