The fifth season of GT Academy is about to begin. The annual competition sees gamers competing from all over the globe for the chance to become a real racing driver.
GT Academy began in 2008, and since then the competition has attracted more than two million entries, with gamers and racing enthusiasts competing for the chance to become real Nissan racing drivers. Six former winners of the competition are now living their dream as top-level motorsports drivers on behalf of Nissan. The competition is currently being held in Europe, USA, Germany, Russia, the Middle East and South Africa.
Darren Cox, who is the Director of Global Motorsport for Nissan, revealed the plans for this year’s competition at the Silverstone Circuit, during the same event at which Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi announced Gran Turismo 6. “At its core GT Academy remains a highly-accessible route into professional motor racing for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity.” Said Cox, “Unearthing genuine driving talent from the world of gaming is a real example of digital age performance and the innovation for which Nissan is famous. We are predicting that more people than ever will enter the competition this year on the stunning new GT6 demo.”
“GT Academy is a fitting platform for the Gran Turismo community to preview GT6 for the first time, as we aim to bring the worlds of virtual and reality closer than ever,” added Yamauchi, “We are very proud of this partnership with Nissan, and we have aimed to make a very appealing and accessible competition, featuring a range of their cars. The challenges, even at this early stage of the competition, are designed to improve people’s race craft before they even make it to driving real cars.”
The competition will see the fastest PlayStation gamers from each country join winners from five different events to compete in national finals. The winners there will then be taking the competition to the real world, to compete in the final at Silverstone Circuit, which is now the established home of GT Academy Race Camp. The winners of the competition will then be subjected to a comprehensive and intense Driver Development Program, one of the best in the world, before they compete for the ultimate prize: A full racing season in a Nissan GT-R GT3 racecar.