Press release:
Lesquin, 9 December 2020.
NACON and its partner Toyota GAZOO Racing have announced that the Grand Final of the 2020 eSports WRC championship has been postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

To comply with regulations and ensure the safety of players, those working on the event and the public, the competition’s organisers are rescheduling the event to a more suitable date. More details will be shared very soon.

With over 10,000 participants, this season has already been highly successful for NACON and development studio KT Racing with support from their partners. Toyota GAZOO Racing, the competition’s official sponsor, along with manufacturers Fanatec, Playseat and BenQ, have put on a captivating competition since the first round in January 2020.

Sami-Joe05 from Lebanon and two-times French world champion Nexl have fought a fierce battle over the 11 rounds and have 4 wins and 10 podium finishes each! At the end of this regular season, the 10 finalists competing for the title of 2020 eSports WRC World Champion all have a chance to win a Toyota GR Yaris.

6th eSports WRC season: starting in January 2021

To reassure fans and participating drivers, NACON and its partners are very pleased to announce that the new eSports WRC season will start in January 2021 in WRC 9. Comprising 13 rounds, the new calendar invites the most talented players to show what they are capable of in the game’s 13 rallies between January and July before competing again in a world final at the end of 2021.

Clubs Mode – Top-level races in WRC 9!

While waiting for the new season to start, a special Club will be available for the 10 finalists of the current season to take part in top-level competitions. Spectators can watch on the official eSports WRC website – www.esportswrc.com. Finally, a second Club will be open to all PC players so the community can race against various official WRC drivers!

WRC 9 is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

About NACON
NACON is a company of the BIGBEN Group founded in 2019 to optimize its know-how through strong synergies in the video game market. By bringing together its 9 development studios, the publishing of AA video games, the design and distribution of premium gaming devices, NACON focuses 20 years of expertise at the service of players. This new unified business unit strengthens NACON’s position in the market and enables it to innovate by creating new unique competitive advantages. https://corporate.nacongaming.com/

About Kylotonn
Created in 2006, Kylotonn is one the most important French video game development studios, also known under KT Racing label. Specialized in motorsports and official developer of the WRC FIA World Rally Championship series and Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the company is internationally recognized for its know-how and for the passion of its teams.

With more than 110 employees as of today in Paris and Lyon, Kylotonn has developed more than 25 titles distributed by major publishers. Kylotonn has forged itself a strong technological expertise thanks to the real-time 3D engine KT Engine that the company owns.

At the forefront of the video game industry, this technology is also used within R&D partnerships on autonomous vehicle projects in the automotive industry. Since 2018, NACON, one of Europe’s leading video game publishers, holds a 100% stake in the company.

Kylotonn is member of the French National Developers Federation (Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo) and Capital Games. The company is supported by BPI, IFCIC and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. For more information, visit www.kylotonn.com.

About WRC Promoter GmbH
WRC Promoter GmbH is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including TV production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. The Promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the FIA WRC calendar.

The World Rally Championship is the FIA’s premium rally series. WRC showcases authentic motorsport, high performance cars and the world’s best drivers competing in dramatic surroundings ranging from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the blistering heat of Mexico. Established in its current format in 1973, WRC participants battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles at 13 rallies spanning 15 countries and six continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com and www.wrcplus.com.

About TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing embodies Toyota’s commitment to overcoming every limit to make ‘ever-better’ cars, to forge new technologies and solutions under the extreme conditions of motorsports, and to never stop innovating. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing races its cars to push the limits for better and to learn from the toughest challenges.

Competing on every kind of road, no matter what the challenge, inspires TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to build ‘ever-better’ cars and engineer Toyota’s future DNA to bring freedom, adventure and joy of driving to everyone. For more information, visit www.toyotagazooracing.com

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