Sim racing is one part of esports we have not had a chance to explore yet, but it has a strong and dedicated fanbase and it’s another extremely entertaining and exciting branch that we see huge potential in. The racer who caught our eye is 25-year-old Rudy van Buren from Lelystad, Holland.
Rudy will soon have his debut performance representing G2 Esports at McLaren’s ‘World’s Fastest Gamer’ (WFG) racing competition finals. WFG, one of the biggest sim racing tournaments to date, will determine who will become the champion of champions and win a one-year contract with McLaren to work in an official capacity as a Formula 1 simulator driver. All finalists were hand-picked by experts in both gaming and Formula 1 to join this year’s competition. A further four finalists were selected from qualifying events online during summer 2017.
World’s Fastest Gamer is a joint project of the British racing team McLaren, tech giants Logitech G and Darren Cox, who founded the Nissan GT Academy.
Here is what G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez has to say about adding Rudy to our world-class player list:
“We always want to be on the forefront of esports development and we feel that sim racing is a promising esports field worth exploring. With involvement of leading brands such as McLaren and Logitech G we expect the ‘World’s Fastest Gamer’ racing competition to be a fantastic starting point that elevates racing esports titles even higher. We’ve spent numerous resources scouting for the right driver to represent our brand, and we feel we’ve hit the nail on the head. With Rudy’s passion and innate gift in both real life and sim racing, I’m positive that he will give his 300% in this and future tournaments and will wear the G2 jersey with success and make the G2 ARMY proud.”
“I’m very pleased to join a big team like G2 Esports. I’d like to thank them for the trust to represent them during the WFG final in November. Obviously taking part in the WFG competition opened many doors for me and G2 Esports was one of them. I’m sure for now this was definitely the best one to walk through.”
During the ‘World’s Fastest Gamer’ Grand Final, which will be held at McLaren Technology Centre from the 9th November onwards, Rudy will join other finalists in head-to-head challenges across multiple racing games.
About Rudy van Buren
Rudy van Buren hung up his racing helmet at age of 16, but has since risen through the ranks in the virtual racing world, taking the rFactor 2 WFG victory in August. Now he is up to a life-changing adventure.
Rudy is a guy who has petrol running through his veins even though he spends his weekdays currently working as a sales manager. When he was around 6 six-years-old his family were living next to a go-kart track, which sparked his passion for speed and the thrill of the race. Competing in small regional racing competitions, he slowly worked his way up the ladder, eventually winning the Dutch Junior Kart Championships in 2003.
But what seemed to be a certain success story in the making took an abrupt turn, as Rudy’s racing dream was not sustainable by his family. At 16 years old, he ended his career but the competitive edge stuck with him. Turning his life upside down, starting with his own fitness, Rudy threw his weight into the virtual racing world. That’s the hobby and passion he is dedicated to now.
Check out World’s Fastest Gamer Finalist video of Rudy van Buren:
Find out more about World’s Fastest Gamer here.
About Sim racing
Sim (simulated) racing is the collective term for computer software that attempts to accurately simulate auto racing, complete with real-world variables such as fuel usage, damage, tire wear and grip, and suspension settings. Some of the most popular sim racing applications today: rFactor 2, iRacing, Forza 7, F1 2017, Gear.Club – True Racing, all of them will be featured in the ‘World’s Fastest Gamer’ Grand Final.