GIANTS Software is launching an official esports league for Farming Simulator with a total prize pool of €250,000 (£217,833.73)
Farming Simulator first had a competitive push with the Farming Simulator Championship at Agritechnica in 2017, this was followed by another championship event last year.
The Farming Simulator League involves 10 tournaments that will take place around Europe, ending with the best teams competing at a final event for the ‘Farming Simulator Champion’ title and €100,000 (£87,140.41) in prize winnings.
Christian Ammann, CEO of GIANTS Software discussed the venture: “We have a unique opportunity. competitive farming is something people enjoy for years now, but it hasn’t been done in eSports so far. We have lots of eSports enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time. We believe we found the right mix of real farming and fun to play game elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.”
GIANTS Software has partnered with Logitech G, Intel, noblechairs, and Nitrado for the upcoming league. The action will take place on Farming Simulator 19, with two teams of three facing off against each other.
Farming Simulator first appeared in 2008 and the series has since sold over 15 million copies. The game has locations based on environments in America and Europe, with players being able to farm, breed livestock, grow crops, and sell produce.
Esports Insider says: This is certainly one of the more unusual and unpredictable event announcements for esports in recent times, especially considering the impressive prize pool. GIANTS has dabbled in esports with smaller events and now it’s obviously ready to bet big bucks on its game being a competitive success. The attention around the league’s announcement is certainly a promising sign, at least!