- Third season of World’s Fastest Gamer kicks off with mobile qualifying today
- Download Gear.Club today on Apple or Android to enter
- Follow in the footsteps of past winners van Buren and Baldwin
- Inaugural winner van Buren set for real-world Porsche drive in 2020
- A US$1 million real-world race driver on offer to the #WFG3 winner
Using nothing more than a mobile phone or tablet – gamers around the world from today have the chance to earn a spot in the third season of World’s Fastest Gamer thanks to Gear.Club and challenge for a real-world US$1 million drive.
Developed by the Torque Esports-owned Eden Games in France, Gear.Club is a massive mobile device driving experience where players can race and explore in a huge, car-loving universe.
In the two previous seasons of World’s Fastest Gamer, Danish surgeon Henrik Drue and Canadian Riley Gerster have qualified for their shot to challenge for the title using Gear.Club on mobile devices.
In season one Drue battled eventual winner Rudy van Buren to become a Formula 1 simulator driver for McLaren, while Gerster competed with season two winner James Baldwin in driving real cars and simulators across a 12-day California tour last year.
Baldwin earned a real-world race drive for 2020 with Jenson Team Rocket RJN worth more than $1 million. Upon the commencement of racing activities this year, the British racer will compete for the team co-owned by 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at some of the world’s biggest GT endurance races in the GT World Challenge Championship.
The season three winner will score a similar prize with a real-world $1 million drive in 2021.
Gamers can download Gear.Club from the Apple or Google Play app stores and take up the challenge to record the fastest time in the #WFG3 competition. The first qualifying time trial runs until May 6. This is the first of three separate qualifying sessions that will be run over the next three months.
Interest in the Gear.Club game has skyrocketed in recent weeks with Eden Games recording a 416 percent increase in downloads since February 1. Competition is expected to be fierce with millions of additional fans introduced to Gear.Club and World’s Fastest Gamer via Torque Esports’ The Race All-Star Series – Fully Charged by ROKiT Phones events.
The esports racing series featuring top professional drivers and leading sim stars was shown live on ESPN2 in the last Saturday and will reach a potential audience of more than 600 million homes with an internationally-broadcast highlights package this week.
World’s Fastest Gamer brings together racers from mobile, console and PC platforms to find the best of the best.
In addition to the Gear.Club portion of the competition, seven other qualifying events will be staged in the months ahead including one on the rFactor 2 sim racing platform. The top ten gamers are scheduled to gather in Miami in November for a series of intensive online and on-track competitions to find the winner.
“We’re very excited to open the qualifying competition for Gear.Club and identify our first finalist for World’s Fastest Gamer season three,” event founder and Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said.
“With the current situation the world is in due to COVID-19, it’s challenging for us to pin down exact plans, but one thing we can definitely do in this #StayAtHomeEconomy right now is race virtually.
“A lot of our finalists have state-of-the-art gaming rigs for PC or console racing games but what we love about World’s Fastest Gamer is Gear.Club gives us a chance to find new talent. They may not have ever dreamed they could qualify for a competition like this with using their phone.”
When Rudy van Buren earned the first World’s Fastest Gamer crown by beating 30,000 hopefuls in 2017, the Dutchman had no idea the incredible journey that awaited him and the opportunities that lay ahead.
After his stint as a McLaren F1 sim driver, van Buren now has a similar role with Mahindra Racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and is now set to contest a full season of real-world competition driving in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany championship.
“When I first won World’s Fast Gamer it was a dream come true, but winning the prize was just the start of the doors that opened for me,” van Buren said.
“Driving a vintage McLaren F1 at Goodwood; competing in the Race of Champions; now working with Mahindra Racing and soon racing for a full season aboard the Porsche – it is beyond my wildest dreams.
“There is so much talent out there in sim racing and the guys at Torque Esports and World’s Fastest Gamer are showcasing that talent to the world – we’ve shown if you are fast in a sim you can be fast on the track.”
Season one of World’s Fastest Gamer was shown throughout the world in a four-part documentary series seen on major networks including ESPN, Sky, CNBC and Fox Sports – reaching more than 400 million viewers.
Season two’s six-part documentary debut date will be announced soon and is expected to reach an even larger audience.
“Our top Gear.Club finalists in the first two seasons of World’s Fastest Gamer were incredibly impressive but I think we’re going to take it up a notch for season three,” Cox said.
“The sheer size of the audience and the number of people playing Gear.Club is going to give us a massive talent pool. We’re certain we’re going to find another hidden talent that will be very competitive in the finals and challenge really strongly for the chance to win that $1 million real-world drive.”