BBC bags W Series Esports League digital rights

New gaming series to feature all drivers from female-only motorsport championship.

BBC bags W Series Esports League digital rights

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The BBC has picked up streaming rights to the W Series Esports League, the all-female single-seater motor racing championship’s new competitive gaming competition.

The agreement will see the UK public service broadcaster air the new esports league, which gets underway on 11th June, via its digital platforms. Every race will be shown as part of a 90-minute broadcast across BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

Having cancelled its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, W Series has turned to esports to provide action for fans. The competition will feature women only, with all 18 drivers from the real life championship expected to compete.

Beginning with a virtual race around Italy’s Monza track, the esports league will then feature an event each week, with Texas’ Circuit of Americas next up on 18th June. Other circuits will include Brands Hatch (UK), Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Brazil), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Watkins Glen International (US), Suzuka International Racing Course (Japan), Mount Panorama Circuit (Australia), Nürburgring (Germany) and Silverstone (UK).

“We want the brand-new W Series Esports League to be intensely competitive, serious and authentic,” said W Series chief executive Catherine Bond Muir.

“Our partnerships with Logitech G, Beyond Entertainment and iRacing are going a long way to help us realise that ambition, and this new partnership with the BBC takes us further still.

“The W Series Esports League can open both W Series and the world of esports to a wider audience, and the BBC’s unrivalled experience, trusted voice and diverse platforms will be the perfect conduit for that.”