Racing game “Project CARS” is officially going eSports thanks to a partnership between developer and publisher Slightly Mad Studios, distributor Bandai Namco Entertainment, and the Electronic Sports League.

The announcement was made on the game’s website on Tuesday, and the partnership means big things for “Project CARS” as ESL, the Electronic Sports League, is one of the biggest and most professional eSports organizations in the world.

But the game moving into eSports doesn’t really come as a surprise to the developer. In the post it outlined that in planning the multiplayer, time trial, leaderboard and community events it wanted this to happen.

“We had a hope that they were going to inspire healthy yet fierce competition amongst our players and a vision that one day this competition may be elevated to the professional scene,” said the post.

The competition kicks off this Sunday with an online tournament. A live competition is scheduled for the EGX game event in Birmingham, England on September 24-27, with players able to compete in multiplayer mode and time trial mode -- with the finals to be streamed on video game streaming site Twitch.

“Project CARS” was released on May 7 for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Linux. A port for the Wii U was in the works, but was cancelled by Slightly Mad Studios in July.

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