Online gamers, especially online racers here in the Philippines, continue to experience the fun and excitement of e-motorsports right in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Toyota Motor Philippines is making this possible through an e-motorsport tournament that seeks to bring the happiness brought by Waku-Doki, or heart-pumping excitement, to Filipinos at home.
Toyota has also seen the development of the Filipino motorsport and gaming community over the years. E-sports has become a lucrative sporting event and Filipino talents are now being recognized. The company hopes to continue supporting and encouraging the growing e-sports community.
It introduces the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup 2021 – a tournament in the racing video game "Gran Turismo SPORT" for PlayStation 4. Named after the performance brand of the Japanese automaker, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup brings gamers to a spin around digital tracks based on real-life racing venues, providing players with an easy way to enjoy the real-world movements of cars and the excitement of motorsports.
Toyota also aims to use this as a learning opportunity to aid the company in ''making ever-better cars'' in the future.
Toyota continues to push its limits to bring and uphold its passion in innovating and manufacturing vehicles especially in the field of racing. The brand wants to serve a bigger society by producing happiness for more people, and one of its ways is through this tournament that everyone can take part in - professional racers, racing enthusiasts, and casual gamers.
The racing tournament's promotional (non-professional) and sporting class (e-sports professionals) are open to all Filipinos aged 18 and above. Aspiring racers 17 years old and below can register for the junior class.
The first round was held last April 30 to May 1, 2021. While Round 2 tournament will be streamed from May 28 to May 29, 2021.
Registrations will soon open for Round 3. The Leaderboard Challenge will be streamed live on June 18 with the Final Heat happening on June 19. And the National Finals happening on June 26.
The full mechanics of the tournament can be found here.
Toyota Motor Philippines Vice President for Marketing Services Elijah Marcial shared, "We are eager to bring Waku-Doki in the Filipino homes especially in these trying times where almost everyone is encouraged to stay safe at home. It is equally a wonderful time for emerging Filipino gamers and champions to hone their talent and win the GR GT Cup. We are excited to meet the fastest Filipino driver this year."
2020 GR Supra GT Cup Asia Philippines Champion Jose Altoveros shared his experience during the e-motorsport tournament. "It is fun. Nothing comes close to the feeling and excitement that racing has to offer. Whether it is online or in real life, there is just something about racing that attracts people to it."
Lance Padilla, one of last year's champions, also shared that, "The rush and excitement that it gives you is the reason why I race. You just keep wanting more."
"Online racing is the closest I can get to a real-life competition," added Terence Lallave, another 2020 champion.
On top of the honor and prestige of winning the 2021 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup, participants can also look forward to the exciting prizes up for grabs.
Racers can take home their share of the P1 million worth of prizes as they race their way through different rounds. A cash prize and a brand-new Sony PlayStation 5 will be given to the overall champion of the National Finals. The 2nd and 3rd placers will get gadgets and gears including a high-powered tablet and a gaming chair.
Finishers will also get gaming gears and coveted devices including a gaming steering wheel, portable gaming console, a high-definition gaming headset, and monitors.
Racers should keep in mind that the more points they can accumulate during the tournament, the more chances of winning bigger prizes.
Fans and racing enthusiasts alike can stream the racing tournament at Toyota's Facebook page and on its website.
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