Farming Simulator is now gunning to be an esport thanks to a newly established esports league and a prize pool of up to €250,000. That's right, competitive farming is real, and it's got big plans to sweep Europe's competitive gaming scene in 2019.
Farming Simulator developer GIANTS Software unveiled the Farming Simulator League today. It's a new esports league centered around the popular Farming Simulator series with plans to hold 10 tournaments across Europe in 2019. At the end of the season, the best teams will compete in a championship for €100,000 in prizes. Teams can also win prizes in the 10 tournaments leading up to the championship, bringing the total prize pool up to €250,000 for the entirety of the season.
"Competitive farming is something people enjoy for years now, but it hasn't been done in esports so far," says GIANTS Software CEO Christian Ammann in a statement. "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."
Farming Simulator is a long-running simulation game where players take on the duties of a farmer. That means raising livestock, harvesting fields, and driving around in big combines and tractors. The latter is integral to competitive farming and the basis for the Farming Simulator League esports.
The competitive mode for Farming Simulator involves players in tractors stacking bales of hay onto a center platform. The Farming Simulator League will utilize a similar mode featured in the latest Farming Simulator 19 that expands the hay stacking competition into a revamped three vs. three mode.
Farming Simulator has always been something of a niche game series with fans across Europe. Farming Simulator games even find themselves at the top of UK's best-sellers lists, right alongside games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty. Now players can test their virtual farming skills and determine who among them is the best digital farmer.