Gran Turismo 7 was just lately dropped from the esports class of the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games and lots of have been reasoning this was as a result of Polyphonic was constructing its personal official esports sequence. However, a number of present and ex-professional Gran Turismo gamers have mentioned Polyphony Digital wants to vary the present format of the esports competitions seeing as they aren’t actually possible for gamers to construct a future skilled profession from them.

Gran Turismo esports gamers are leaving the competitors

Gran Turismo esports future

Several Gran Turismo opponents have voiced their issues about the franchise’s future in esports after lots of them felt pressured to desert their budding esports careers. They cite the lack of prize cash, skill to draw sponsorships, and different assist, particularly the indifference from workers at the occasions, in response to Jalponik (thanks ResetEra). While the very elite tournaments can provide prizes reminiscent of TAG Heuer watches and BBS wheels, the smaller ones provide little or no apart from a fantastic all-expenses-paid expertise. With no prize cash coming in, gamers can’t get the assist that will allow them to flip esports racing right into a profession.

Sponsorship isn’t actually an choice both. Gran Turismo tournaments have a rule that gamers are barred from sporting any group or sponsor logos throughout competitors. They should put on the franchise’s jersey, gloves, and boots on stage as an alternative. With no promotional prospects, a few of the Gran Turismo tournaments are struggling to draw sponsors and so are the gamers. Some have joined esports groups, solely for these groups to surrender on Gran Turismo as a result of they’re getting no returns on their funding. As ex-competitor Florent Pagandet mentioned:

Sure, I like the concept of being in a game franchise I grew up with, however there’s at all times that little a part of me saying “all those efforts and events for no money”. It could sound grasping, however after we’re imagined to be the skilled esports gamers of Gran Turismo, having no cash on the line at all times places in perspective all the efforts finished, particularly when visibility doesn’t give again a lot both.

Esports gamers in different video games can earn 1000’s of {dollars} per yr, however it doesn’t seem like that risk will likely be coming to Gran Turismo tournaments anytime quickly. Staff have complained that they’re not correctly compensated both and that the tournaments lose “loads of money” once they’re held. So far, the solely financial compensation gamers have acquired was for tools wanted for them to compete in on-line tournaments throughout the covid pandemic. Pagandet, who left the esports competitions in 2020, strengthened this notion:

I see no near-term suggestion of huge change nor optimistic adjustments, which is a disgrace as I imagine there’s a lot potential to unleash. But it’s contained inside the small circle of what they wish to do/are doing with it. I wish to stay hopeful, however I believe that in the event that they don’t do a giant refresh, even on elementary ranges, on their esports scene, it is not going to assist […] I’d be glad to be confirmed unsuitable.

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