An eSports league for the Farming Simulator game is set to launch this year with more than £217,000 in prizes up for grabs.
The move comes after the first ever Farming Simulator Championship was tried out in 2018, amid rapid growth in the eSports scene.
Giants Software, creators of the game, teamed up with gaming firms Logitech G, Intel, noblechair and Nitrado to run a fully-fledged eSports league, comprising of 10 tournaments.
These will be held across Europe at events including Gamescom in Germany and Paris Games Week.
“We have a unique opportunity – competitive farming is something people have enjoyed for years now, but it hasn’t been done in eSports so far,” said Christian Ammann, Giants Software chief executive and manager of its eSports division.
“We have lots of eSports enthusiasts in our company who can’t wait to show the world that farming can indeed be fun and competitive at the same time.
“We believe we found the right mix of real farming and fun-to-play game elements to ensure everyone will find it entertaining.”
Competitors will use the latest Farming Simulator 19 title during the championship but with a three vs three mode twist.
Gaming leaders across the globe have been pushing for eSports to be considered a real sport that could one day be part of the Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee has so far rejected the idea, claiming that eSports are too violent to be part of the event.