W Series, an all-female motorsport championship, has entered a broadcast deal with the BBC for its W Series Esports League.
The BBC will broadcast all 10 races in the W Series Esports League across BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, and the BBC Sport website. The championship begins on June 11th and is set to conclude on August 13th.
Unlike other simulation racing initiatives that have recently exploded in popularity, the W Series Esports League is only for women racers, with all 18 real-world W Series drivers expected to take part. This new competition comes as W Series called off its 2020 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
W Series is working alongside gaming peripherals brandLogitech G and sim racing platform iRacing to host the championship. The iRacing platform was used to host both the eNASCAR and Indycar esports events before the two series returned to real-world racing.
Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series, discussed the inception of the championship and this deal in a release: “We want the brand-new W Series Esports League to be intensely competitive, serious and authentic. Our partnerships with Logitech G, Beyond Entertainment and iRacing are going a long way to help us realise that ambition, and this new partnership with the BBC takes us further still.
“The W Series Esports League can open both W Series and the world of esports to a wider audience, and the BBC’s unrivalled experience, trusted voice and diverse platforms will be the perfect conduit for that.”
Esports Insider says: Despite some motorsport beginning to return in some capacity, the demand for sim racing doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The BBC has just concluded coverage of the virtual Formula E series so showing the W Series League seems to be a logical continuation of its involvement in esports for the time being.