11 May Another top industry award for Motorsport Games and 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual
- Winner of prestigious Sports Technology Award
- Best Use of Esports by a Sports Brand
- Award presented to recognise outstanding advances in the industry
MIAMI, FL — May 11, 2021 — One of the standout esports events in 2020 was the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual which brought together the elite of motor racing and sim racing for 24 hours of non-stop competition around the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit.
A collaboration between the ACO, FIA WEC and Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”), the race brought together 200 drivers from 37 different countries on 170 simulators worldwide for an event which received worldwide acclaim. Record TV and digital viewership of more than 60 million, and a star-studded entry list which included a quarter of the current F1 field, former F1 champions, IndyCar champions, Le Mans champions plus championship-winning sim racers: it was a huge and unqualified success.
That success has been widely acknowledged, the most recent recognition being a prestigious award from the Sports Technology Awards – the leading global celebration of technology-led innovation across the international sports sector. Held annually as a competition to highlight outstanding advances in the industry, the Awards are judged by over 50 leading influencers from the world of sport and technology.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual won the “Best Use of Esports by a Sports Brand” in a category which had nominees including Formula 1, DFL (Deutsche Football League), Super League Triathlon, Extreme Networks (collegiate esports) and Sport Buff (esports viewing engagement platform).
This award is added to the Autosport Pioneering and Innovation Award, Leaders Sports Award for Live Experience and VCO Simmy Award for Best Event received in 2020. In addition, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was shortlisted for the European Sponsorship Awards in the Esports category.
Dmitry Kozko, CEO, Motorsport Games: “To receive this award from the STA is very rewarding for everyone involved, and a real acknowledgment of the professionalism, enthusiasm and expertise of all those who worked on the program from the ACO, FIA WEC and Motorsport Games. We are very proud of what we achieved together, breaking new technological ground for an event of this size and quality.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the Le Mans Virtual Series: “This award is further recognition of the amazing event and the huge collaborative effort from everyone involved in it. To be recognised by the industry at this level and to receive this Sports Technology Award is very impressive and it gives us added motivation to continue! The Le Mans Virtual Series will be back soon…”