Veloce Esports Launches World’s First Performance Streaming Installation

Veloce Esports, a professional esports team and consulting agency, has launched what they call the world’s first esports racing center in London, UK.

The site will be a live performance facility for team riders to train and train for competition.

Inside there are a number of static simulators, including a full-motion F1 simulator with a 200-degree field of view. Mail Esports went to the launch to try everything.

Veloce Esports co-founder and Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne drives the simulator

Veloce Esports co-founder and Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne drives the simulator

The Veloce Esports hub is unassuming from the outside. You walk down a beautiful cobbled street along a row of houses near Warwick Avenue in North West London. The main gift from the outside when I arrived was the shiny white Porsche parked next to the front door.

It’s a nice car, and inside the house so much money has been spent on racing training equipment.

In one room, three simulators with F1 2017 running on them were installed for those present to compete against each other. In another room, a few others were running the CARS project. Another room has setups for other esports, such as Fortnite.

In total there are four Playseat F1 / Formula platforms and three Playseat GT platforms. Streaming hardware and peripherals from Logitech and Elgato are also littered throughout the house.

Members of the Veloce Esports team, as well as company executives, who are all fairly comfortable with the sims themselves, have hiked them all to take on challengers.

The Veloce Esports site in North West London is intended for the practice of their signed esports professionals

The Veloce Esports site in North West London is intended for the practice of their signed esports professionals

The piece de resistance is the 200 degree simulator, designed to be as close as possible to a simulation of a real F1 car. Veloce says this is another first of its kind. I asked someone how much it cost and they said they “didn’t want to think about it”.

It’s a really impressive kit and quite intimidating when I got on it. The screen takes all of your vision, and the way the rig projects you, sometimes makes you feel like you’re just hanging on rather than being in full control.

The 200 degree racing simulation is the trump card

The 200 degree racing simulation is the trump card

He was running the iRacing game, which laser-scanned real-world tracks for total realism. I did a few laps around Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most famous circuits in the world.

This is a track that I have run on several times in video games. I hiked Eau Rouge with a controller in hand, but experiencing it inside this simulator is a whole different beast.

It is well known by now that the skills to be a good esports racer and a good real pilot are incredibly transferable. Veloce co-founder Jack Clarke told me that the one thing all of their esports players have in common, no matter what game they play, is that they have an incredibly good time on the real simulator.

Clarke himself has raced in Formula 2 and the British Touring Car Championship, and would like to stress how accurate the simulation is compared to a real car.

I don’t think I embarrassed myself with my own performance. I only played a few times and kept a steady pace, although I didn’t have a particularly fast lap time.

I was ashamed by the man who jumped into the simulator after me. None other than Formula E champion and co-founder of Veloce Esports, Jean-Eric Vergne.

“This is the ultimate place for our riders and our team to engage the global audience that esports offers,” said Vergne. “The skills required to perform at the highest level in this industry should not be underestimated. Esports is now serious business and our athletes need the best equipment and the best atmosphere to continue to improve and promote their careers through live streaming and content creation.

Founders of Veloce (lr): Jack Clarke, Jamie MacLaurin, Jean-Eric Vergne, Rupert Svendsen-Cook

Founders of Veloce (lr): Jack Clarke, Jamie MacLaurin, Jean-Eric Vergne, Rupert Svendsen-Cook

Rupert Svendsen-Cook, director of Veloce Esports and former Formula 3 driver, said: “Esports is an industry full of first steps right now, but it really is the start of something incredibly exciting for us. and esport in general.

“We have a dynamic team that continues to grow with every opportunity presented to us. At Logitech G, we feel we have a pioneering partner who will prove immensely beneficial to the future of Veloce Esports and help shape our next steps as an industry leading esports organization.

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