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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Lesquin, France, October 10 , 2019 – After an intense season of 12 qualification challenges between January and August, French driver Lohan "LDLC_NEXL" Blanc (20 y.o.) has been crowned WRC eSports World Champion for the second time after his first coronation in 2017.

Organised by WRC Promoter and Bigben, the grand finale saw 9 of the world's best drivers go head to head during last weekend’s Wales Rally GB: the first eSports event organized in parallel with a real and official competition, the WRC eSports Powered by Hyundai was broadcast live, featuring Becs Williams, official WRC+ All Live commentator, and René Butler, eSport caster, in a grandiose Llandudno theatre. The players competed on the recently-launched WRC 8, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, and enjoyed optimal gaming conditions thanks to simulators provided by Playseat, Thrustmaster, NVIDIA, and Nacon. They also attended some of the rally's special stages outside of the e-Sports competition.

This season has been dominated by the Finn Mika "RC Mihalo" Laitinen with 6 rounds won and 10 podiums overall, but he ultimately finished in 5th place, 11 seconds behind fourth-placed Dylan "RC NOEL" Noel. The 8 qualification special stages were won by Nexl ('37’37.775) ahead of 2018 title-holder Jon Armstrong (+23s). Both were joined in the gran final by Peter "Subee203" Suborits and "RC Noel".

 

NEXL, the only player to qualify for 4 finals over 4 years, also dominated the grand finale comprising 4 special stages, despite a penalty received during the first round (9 seconds for having crossed the finish line off the track). The 2 very long special stages that followed let him make up for lost time and get ahead of Jon Armstrong (+18s) and Subee (+01min02) to win the WRC eSports Powered by Hyundai for a second time.

TX3_NEXL, who won a Hyundai i20 worth €20,000 provided by Hyundai Motor Company, was personally handed the vehicle's keys by Scott Noh, the president of Hyundai Motorsport.

Last year, the Frenchman wasn't able to reach the final four despite having won the title in 2017 with a controller. "I had to switch to the steering wheel, because I couldn't compete with the others using a controller," he stated. "I had to get used to driving that way. I trained quite a lot and I'm driving better and better with it. It's the perfect revenge after last year! "

The racer with the best time at Brenig, the Hungarian Peter "Subee203" Suborits, finished third in the overall rankings in front of the Frenchman Dylan "Noel" Noël.

 

Watch the 3-minute Highlights video here: https://youtu.be/QquC2vHA7iY

Relive the complete live version of the Grand Finale (58min): https://youtu.be/XHpLLCXfsLY

 

More information on: http://www.esportswrc.com

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PRESS CONTACTS

HomeRun PR - Chris Rosario – [email protected] 

Bigben – Marjorie Lescure – [email protected]@bigben.fr  

 

About Bigben

Bigben is a major video game publisher, designer and distributor of mobile phone and gaming accessories as well as audio products. The group, recognised for its innovation and creativity, aspires to become a European leader in each of the sectors it is active in. www.bigben.fr

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 100 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, Bigben Interactive, 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 Kylotonn’s website: www.kylotonn.com and follow the news on social networks Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Youtube.

 

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 14 rallies spanning 16 countries and five continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com and www.wrcplus.com

About Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2015 sold 4.96 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localised models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, Tucson Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains.