Farming Simulator isn’t the type of game that you would typically associate with eSports. In fact, many people out there will think that not many people play the game at all, including our very own Chris Sutton who’s always going on about how he doesn’t know who buys the game – “who would want to play a farming simulator?”, is what he usually says. Well, as he knows, I’ve played it before and I think it’s great; sure, it’s not exactly a high-paced game, but it’s a great chill out game and will keep you entertained for many hours, especially if you’re a fan of tycoon and simulation games (being a fan of farming can help too).
Anyway, Chris and many others will be surprised to know that there are millions of people who buy and play the game across all platforms, and that’s exactly why GIANTS Software are starting up an eSports league.
Even if you are a fan of the game, you might be wondering how an eSports league might work. Well, let me explain; before GIANTS Software announced the eSports league, they staged a Farming Simulator Championship on Farming Simulator 17 last year, which in its first season featured hay bale stacking:
The new eSports league will be played on the new Farming Simulator game (19) and will feature 3v3 battles. We do not yet know what game modes will feature in these 3v3 battles, nor do we know if hay bale stacking will make a return, however, GIANTS Software has said that it will “stand true to its roots in farming and combine real field work like harvesting with fun and challenging game elements”, so maybe this means it will be a bit more in-depth and not just stacking bales.
Although this won’t suit everyone, Farming Simulator as an eSport could prove to be well received. Sure, most of us will laugh at the idea, but the game sells extremely well, especially in Europe, so we might yet see Farming Simulator knock Overwatch, Fortnite and LoL off their eSports pedestals, or maybe not…personally, I don’t think I’ll be tuning in.
I’ll leave you with this: