Following the big news of the memo of understanding with the UCI about a “Zwift” (eRacing) World Championships next year, the Zwiftcast has some interesting and exciting stuff from Craig Edmondson (CEO of eSports at Zwift).
Racing has grown up from grass roots community efforts over the past 4 years, but never felt like a favoured route for Zwift. With this announcement, the grounds seem to be shifting, and I’m hugely looking forward to seeing where racing goes if Zwift really give it the attention it deserves.
There are a number of hurdles to overcome. For a start
- ensuring fair competition
- building an audience
- making it really work as a spectator sport
- simplifying participation (I guess it could stay under ZwiftPower or an equivalent, but it would have to be clearer that that’s necessary to be included in results, and a “one-click” op).
Loads more aspects too, but if they can nail them, make a success of the UCI Champs, then who knows? eRacing really could be just another cycling discipline alongside MTB, raod, BMX, track etc. And yes, maybe even the IOC will embrace video games. That’ll really upset some people!