Ok, so I’m starting this thread without a strong idea where I want it to go, and I know I’m biting off a big topic, but I’ve had a significant amount of time to think about this during the quarantine period.
One of the topics that I’ve seen a lot in the karting community, is that with the expected rise in popularity of sim racing, that people won’t be as interested in going karting over the long-term. (Especially since learning that a surprising number of popular professional drivers are just getting exposed to esports/sim racing for the first time. I’m still surprised how many high-level drivers had never touched a sim rig…)
Putting the not-insignificant topics of comparable ease of accessibility and low cost of entry aside for a minute, I think there is a real opportunity for karters to enter the esports world, and educate more people about our sport.
I’ve never really been one for rhetorical motorsport “ladders”, so I’m not trying to think of e-sports as the new 'bottom rung" on the way to F1, or anything like that.
I’ve had a hard time thinking about how I’ve wanted to approach this, because of the complexity of the topic, but at the end of the day, I don’t think that this needs to be a zero-sum game. Motorsport has more than enough “X is better than Y, so X must die.” situations.
We sort of had a similar thread like this about a year ago, but I wanted to start a new topic, because I’m trying to think of actionable ways to encourage esports racers to come karting, and vice versa.