The world of esports is about to change forever thanks to the launch of the brand new Farming Simulator League.
The esports industry has become an extremely big deal in recent years. Gamers around the world not just competing against one another for pride, but for actual cash prizes. Whether it be via remote tournaments so we can compete in the comfort of our own home or in one place at a convention or event, they're the place to be if you are one of the very best at a particular game.
In 2018, Fortnite announced that it would be joining the esports landscape. Not only that, but it would be doling out an incredible $100 million in prize money across its planned tournaments. Exciting news! Well, exciting if you are good at Fortnite. If you are anything like us, you're lucky to leave the island with one kill under your belt, let alone enough to warrant you competitively taking on other people.
If Fortnite isn't your thing, at least on a competitive level, then we might have a solution for you: the Farming Simulator League. That's right, simulated farming is an esport. The game's developers, GIANTS Software, have actually run a Farming Simulator Championship in the past, but now they are kicking it up a notch. Dexerto has reported that the Farming Simulator League will consist of ten separate tournaments and take place all across Europe.
The most exciting revelation about the league is the prize money. GIANTS Software is stumping up a prize pool of €250,000 (around $280,000) with the outright winner taking home a cool €100,000 ($114,000) of that. So what do players have to do exactly to win all this money? Well, that is currently not entirely clear. All GIANTS has revealed so far is that players will compete in 3v3 mode and "combine real field work like harvesting with fun and challenging game elements."
If you are reading this thinking you might be able to get a jump on everyone and hone your craft to become the world's greatest simulated farmer, we have some bad news. Farming Simulator is actually a lot more popular than you might realize. The latest edition of the game, Farming Simulator 19 sold 1 million copies within 10 days of being released. Again, not as impressive as certain other franchises per se, but there will be more than enough competition to stop you waltzing in and becoming the first ever Farming Simulator League champion without putting in the hours.