The World’s Fastest Gamer contest which started July 1, 2019, have announced the winner of their 12-day, 10-race California Dreaming finale.
British racer James Baldwin has been crowned as World’s Fastest Gamer after a dominating performance in the final race in Las Vegas. World’s Fastest Gamer, founded by the “godfather of esports” and CEO of Torque Esports Darren Cox, is the first and only tour of its kind that bridges the gap between virtual and real life racing.
As winner, James’ prize is a $1Million dollar + racing contract, a first in esports history.
In the final race, the 22-year-old gamer started from second and passed pole-sitter Mitchell de Jong before building a 10-second lead.
The victory, combined with his sim racing win in downtown Los Angeles, fast lap times throughout the competition and willingness to learn and work within a team made the decision an easy one for judges – two-time Indy 500 winner, Juan Pablo Montoya; World’s Fastest Gamer Season One winner, Rudy van Buren; Japanese Super GT star and former gamer Jann Mardenborough; World’s Fastest Gamer founder, Darren Cox; plus surprise guest judge, F1 legend Rubens Barrichello.
As the World’s Fastest Gamer, Baldwin will soon begin an intensive driver development program in the UK to prepare for his professional race debut next season.
Winner, James Baldwin:“It feels surreal to be the World’s Fastest Gamer,”
“I don’t believe it yet, and I won’t believe it for a few days. My whole career, my whole life almost have revolved around racing. This makes it all worth it.”
“The last 12 days have been an absolute pressure cooker. But, that’s the point of it, to train you to be a racing driver. It’s also been amazing even off track because I was able to meet some amazing people, the other competitors of course, and the production team and everyone involved in World’s Fastest Gamer, plus meeting my hero, Juan Pablo Montoya, it’s just been a dream come true.”
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is to not overthink. That’s what I was doing at Laguna Seca. Being confident in my abilities and not overthinking is what I’ll take away from this competition, and what I’ll take into the racecar next year as well.”
Rudy van Buren, Season 1 Winner:“James had great speed, great energy, great composure, every single step of the way. He’s also just a sponge for information. He was the clear choice for us.”
“You need to be ready to go first thing next year. James is really the only one that is ready to be a real-world racing driver immediately, starting right now.”
Head Judge, Pablo Juan Montoya:
“One of the things that really drove me, personally, to decide on James personally is that he was just a little more complete,” “Whenever James got out of the car, when things weren’t perfect—like today with the one lap shootout where he made a mistake and ended up second—he owned up to his mistakes, but was still confident in himself.”
The 2019 World’s Fastest Gamer competition took 10 gamers from PC, console and mobile platforms with the goal of finding the quickest racer – regardless of the platform. This year’s competition was the first to have the winner graduate to a real-world race seat.
Words & Quotes courtesy of Angela T Gorman