EPICENTER participants to compete for G-Drive Cup
G-Drive, a premium fuel brand, will be an official partner of EPICENTER, an international tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Participants will compete in virtual racing for the G-Drive Cup against a famous Russian auto racer, G-Drive Racing driver Roman Rusinov.
The tournament will be held in Moscow by Epic Esports Events (part of ESforce Holding) from October 23–28, 2018. During EPICENTER’s group stage, CS:GO star players will take part in G-Drive Challenge, a virtual racing competition, with the G-Drive Cup as the prize. The players will be challenged to beat the time of Roman Rusinov, an active driver on the G-Drive Racing team, champion of the Le Mans series and world champion in prototype endurance racing.
In the G-Drive PitStop zone, anyone will be able to take part in a virtual race and try to beat the time of the esports players.
The esports market is among the fastest-growing in the world. Leading analytical firms predict esports market volume to break $1 billion in 2018. In Russia, competitive esports audience has been growing annually by 30% on average. Over 12,000 spectators attended the finals of 2017’s EPICENTER: Saint Petersburg CS:GO tournament, while the livestreamed matches were viewed over 30 million times.
Alexander Kim, commercial director, ESforce Holding: “An interest in esports on the part of companies of this size is a reflection of the maturity of the electronic sports market and its attractiveness to brands from a wide variety of industries. ESforce Holding’s partnership with the Gazpromneft chain of filling stations is an important development for both our company and the electronic sports market as a whole.”.
Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016–18. Over 24 million viewers around the world followed the first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament. At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, that tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry. EPICENTER XL, a Dota 2 tournament held in Moscow in 2018, became the most-watched tournament of the Major series (held with support from Dota 2’s publisher, Valve) in the Dota Pro Circuit 2017–18 season.
G-Drive is a next-generation fuel available at Gazpromneft filling stations. G-Drive is the official fuel of G-Drive Racing. The team uses Gazpromneft’s premium petrol during tests, providing an opportunity to benchmark the fuel’s engine performance under extreme racing conditions and with the most sophisticated vehicles.
G-Drive Racing is a Russian racing team participating in international endurance races since 2013, with support from the Gazpromneft company. Over six years, G-Drive Racing has become the most successful team in the LMP2 prototype class, after winning a total of over 20 races and three titles in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).