D.he eSport world is literally upside down: On September 19 and 20, 2020, the World Championship finals of the “Farming Simulator League” (“FSL”) will take place. The weekend is about a prize pool filled with 100,000 euros with the “Farming Simulator 19”. The competition founded by the developer and publisher Giants Software is currently still in the group phase, in which the eight best teams can qualify for the final round. Also there are the “Landeier by astragon”, a team that the German publisher was able to win as a sponsor. The team has to prove itself again on August 16 in Group D in order to get the meat pot of the delicious prize money. More than a year has passed since GIANTS Software fired the starting signal for the second season of the “Farming Simulator League” at “FarmCon 19.” Since then, more than 20 teams have been fighting in twelve tournaments at the largest game and farming events like the “Paris Games Week” and the “Agritechnica” in Hanover for qualification points for the big FSL final.
Country eggs want the world championship title
Stacking bales and driving a tractor as an eSport
It almost seems paradoxical. The rather leisurely game “Farming Simulator” as an eSport discipline? This may sound strange even to virtual athletes, but the simulator has created its own cozy niche. The Sportel farmers stack bales of straw (“bale stacking”) under extreme time pressure and harvest fields even more quickly. The FSL professionalises the World Festival of Virtual Agricultural Economists and gives this format a professional framework. In a competitive game, two teams of three mow, thresh and harvest against each other. And best of all: They do it completely without violence, because their weapons are different agricultural machines or tractors. And whoever delivers more straw bales and grain wins.
A real hit: Farming Simulator 19
The “Farming Simulator 19” is one of the best-selling PC and computer games of 2018. Within a few days of the start of sales in November 2018, over a million units were sold – in Germany the level is well over 200,000 units. The simulation is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.