Farming Simulator is launching an Esports League with $250k up for grabs. Seriously.

Something no doubt our Midwest friends have always wanted, virtual farming is now an esport.

“Agriculture, like eSports, is about passion, precision and attention to detail. Optimal conditions for an exciting competition.” Christian Ammann, CEO GIANTS Software

GIANTS Software has seen a lot of success with the Farming Simulator brand across PC, Consoles, handhelds and mobile. More than anyone expected them to no doubt. The series tasks players with the mission to create and cultivate a successful farm using real world equipment and methods.

So how do you make an esport of that? By boiling it down to specific skills.

Enter: Bale Stacking. Players use tractors with bale spikes attached to quickly and accurately stack the most bales per truck. It’s much more fun than it sounds. Check out the video from the 2018 Championship:

Fueled but the success of the 2017 and 2018 Championships GIANT is now forming an official League for Farming Simulator and offering up $250,000.00 in cash and prizes for the victors. They are also expanding the events in the series to more than just hay bailing. Teams will be in a 3v3 format and include new mechanics like harvesting.

Check out the full announcement and prepare to FFA:

After testing the waters in 2018 with the first season of the Farming Simulator Championship, GIANTS Software is ready to dive deeper into the world of eSports with the upcoming season two. Major changes lie ahead, when the Farming Simulator Championship becomes the Farming Simulator League, a full-fledged eSports league with 10 tournaments across Europe. At the end of the season, the best teams will compete for the title of the Farming Simulator Champion and 100.000€ in prizes. Every single tournament will not only grant circuit points for the best teams, but also wield big prizes, bringing the total prize pool for season two up to a total of 250.000€. 

GIANTS Software teamed up with some of the industries finest for the upcoming league, partnering with Logitech G, Intel, noblechairs as well as long term partner Nitrado to provide the best experience possible to both, players and fans of the Farming Simulator League. 

“We have a unique opportunity”, explains Christian Ammann, CEO of GIANTS Software and manager of the eSports division. “competitive farming is something people enjoy for years now, but it hasn’t been done in eSports so far. 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. We believe we found the right mix of real farming and fun to play game elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.” 

The game itself is changing as well. Not only will the new league be held in the brand new Farming Simulator 19, but it will also move from bale stacking to a competitive 3 vs 3 mode where teams challenge each other to determine who is the best on the field. The game will, of course, stand true to its roots in farming and combine real field work like harvesting with fun and challenging game elements. GIANTS Software will reveal more about the new game mode in the near future.