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Formula E partners with Virtually Live to offer ‘quantum leap’ in sports gaming

Electric car-racing series Formula E has claimed a first by partnering with media company Virtually Live to launch a mobile game that will allow players to race against the championship’s drivers in real time.

‘Virtually Live Ghost Racing: Formula E’ will utilise innovative telemetry technology. The same speed, positioning and movement of the drivers out on track is mirrored identically in-game using timing data, hyper-realistic scenery and a cutting-edge physics engine.

Available to play on the move using mobile or tablet devices – starting this weekend at the Paris E-Prix – gamers will no longer be racing against an algorithm or computer but live against the drivers on the Formula E grid.

The pioneering new product incorporates exclusive patented technology from Virtually Live, recreating every Formula E track and providing live commentary covering events as they happen both on the real and virtual circuit.

Players can build their own collection of personalised cars with special tuning and set-up options. Fans can also re-play pivotal moments from past races, compete in custom scenarios and challenge friends and opponents online to better their time. The game will also serve as a second-screen experience by providing coverage of Formula E races.

Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, said: “Before we launched the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, I promised that one day our fans will be able to race against their favourite drivers in real time, making them a part of the racing more than ever before and now this dream is a reality.”

Markus Tellenbach, chief executive of Virtually Live, added: “It was our vision to create an immersive racing experience far beyond what existing racing games offer. Together with our partner – Formula E – we accomplished a quantum leap in gaming full of innovation, including the world’s first in-game live race commentary laying the foundation for Virtually Live’s success in the fast-growing esports industry.”