Have you ever dreamt of driving like a race-car driver? Or have you ever dreamt of being an e-sports racer but did not know how to get started?
After a successful inaugural start-up in 2018, the Legion of Racers (LOR) are now in the hunt for a pack of drivers who could represent Singapore in major events like the F1 Esports Championship and the Gran Turismo Championship, if they qualify. The top three drivers from the 2019 Legion of Racers SIM Racing League hunt will be signed up as professional e-sports athletes and will also get real go-karting training as part of their journey to be better e-sports SIM racers.
The LOR have also managed to bring on board partners like BenQ, Logitech, Singapore Cybersports Online Gaming Association (SCOGA), Monster and 9tro to support the 2019 run.
The 2019 edition of the LOR SIM Racing League was officially launched on 29 April with a media, celebrity and partners challenge.
Said Lim Keong Wee, co-founder of the Legion of Racers, “The hunt is on again for the best e-sports drivers to represent Singapore in SIM racing. It is our hope that the last one year of outreach to the SIM racing community and community at large will have more young drivers come forward to be part of the Legion of racers. We would like to thank our partners such as SCOGA, Monster Energy Drinks, 9tro, BenQ and Logitech. We look forward to working with more partners to grow the SIM racing community.”
After the 2018 run which culminated at Gamestart, the LOR signed on three of the best drivers from the competition as professional e-sports athletes. Ar Muhammad Aleef, Jaden Low and Jason Tay were also given go-kart training to help them develop as SIM drivers, with training provided by Melvin Moh, a co-founder of LOR who is also an AMG Driving Academy instructor.
Added Moh, “It is our ambition to continue reaching out to the community at large, to give them an opportunity to be involved in motorsports, to experience the thrill of taking the wheel from the SIM racing perspective.”
Calls for registration will be held from 20 May onwards and will go on to end of September 2019. Members of the public will also be able to participate in Legion of Racers 2019 season such as Campus Legends (in association with SCOGA) and Gamestart (in association with Monster).
Said Sunny Chang, General Manager of BenQ Singapore Pte Ltd, “We are impressed with the passion shown by the founders of the Legion of Racers in their quest to search for the best e-sports racers in Singapore. BenQ is proud to be part of this movement, spearheaded by LOR, to engage the racing community. We aim to provide the best gaming experience, instil interest, identify and develop more talents by offering our high-quality gaming monitors.”
Added Reagan Oh, Category Manager of Logitech, “We have decided to continue our partnership with Legion of Racers because of the immense potential it brings in the world of e-sports and SIM racing. The passion of the founders will surely help the Legion of Racers forward very quickly.”
The LOR is supported by Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association. Said SCOGA Chairman Nicholas Aaron Khoo, “We have all witnessed the phenomenal growth of e-sports over the last decade. The Legion of Racers is an exciting concept which has the potential to engage a wider community and we are excited to be a partner and support its growth this year.”
The LOR will be partnering with SCOGA on bringing SIM racing to the tertiary schools in Singapore.
Registration for schools will commence in May and June. For the general public, the LOR will be doing a series of online tournaments leading up to Gamestart. The finalist of the Campus Legends and online rounds will be invited to Gamestart 2019 which will serve as the final round of the Legion of Racers 2019 season. The top three racers in Gamestart will be given e-sports and training and be awarded part-time internship contracts at Legion of Racers.
Commented CEO of 9tro Hong Tsui, the Official Automotive Media Partner of LOR, “I am extremely honoured, happy and excited for us to be given the opportunity to continue our partnership with the LOR. Having been involved with the dedicated team behind LOR since the very beginning, it is with great pride that we see not just the growth in the number of participants, but also the increased levels of passion and commitment. 9tro is excited to work with LOR in bringing the automotive culture closer to the gaming community. I most certainly look forward to 9tro being involved deeper with LOR’s 2019 plans and beyond.”
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