Gran Turismo World Series announced
PlayStation has revealed its plans for the official Gran Turismo esports championship this season. The 2022 Gran Turismo World Series will be the fifth year of competition, and this year’s tournament sees the return of its live events.
As usual, there will be an online qualifying phase, which sees players compete against each other in 14 rounds of virtual racing. This season that’s split into two brackets, with the first six races comprising Season 1, and the last eight forming Season 2.
After Season 1, which is now underway, the best players from around the world will qualify for the “World Series Showdown”, joining the top players from 2021. That will be a live, in-person event held at Red Bull’s Hangar-7 exhibition space near Salzburg. The best players from this event will advance to the World Final, along with the top online qualifiers from Season 2.
As with 2018 and 2019, this will be another in-person event held in Monte Carlo, and the overall top points scorers from across the season will be crowned world champions.
The competition retains its two championships, with players racing for themselves, and their country, in the Nations Cup, and as three-driver squads representing brands in the Manufacturers Cup. This latter event will also see a new marque joining the fray, as Genesis has become an official partner of the series.
To take part you only need a copy of Gran Turismo 7, either on PlayStation 4 or 5, be aged 18 or over, and reside in one of the 60 eligible nations worldwide.