Nissan GT Academy offers Pro Racing to Pro Gamers
Posted on September 16, 2012 by Piyush
Can a super-fast racing game player become an equally fast professional race driver in the real world? The folks at Nissan GT Academy were crazy enough to test the theory four years ago and answer was an astounding ‘yes’!
Here’s an opportunity of a lifetime. Nissan GT Academy and Sony PlayStation are challenging Middle East’s best gamers to take their gaming skills from the virtual world to the real world of car racing.
A live challenge is being held at the forthcoming gaming exhibition – GAMES12 in Dubai later this month. Anyone can participate and there is no charge. Fastest time recorded over the three day gaming fiesta will guarantee a place in the next selection round for some real world action. Similar events will take place across the region.
Alternatively, a specially generated Gran Turismo GT Academy Qualification challenge can be downloaded free to any internet connected PlayStation3 console and tackled from the comfort of your own home.
At the end of the competition in December, a group of 25 fastest gamers will participate in regional finals. Just 8 will then go through to the ‘International Race Camp’ at Silverstone, U.K. for some real world action. There, they will battle it out against internationally selected players for a chance to win the Nissan GT Academy and go on to become professional racing drivers.
The selection schedule is as follows:
20-22 September: Gaming Competition live event in UAE, Dubai at GAMES12
October/November: Gaming Competition live events in Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates (dates to be confirmed)
October to December: Eight-week Online Gaming competition
January 2013: Regional Final
March 2013: Eight participants from ME region attend International Race Camp, Silverstone
Some conditions apply. These are:
Entrants must be over the age of 18
Entrants must be resident in Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates
GT Academy is aimed at amateur entrants and as such participants may not have previously held a national level motor racing license for any more than one year
Entrants must be available to fly to the Race Camp in Silverstone and be eligible to enter the UK