Rocket League’s flying cars are unlikely to appear in the real world anytime soon, but BMW and esports brand LVL may offer the next best thing.
They’re working together on Das Race Goal, an esports platform similar to Rocket League in which remote-controlled cars play soccer for charity. Players from all over the world will pilot the vehicles in a real-world arena while collecting virtual powerups and activating “special effects.”
The first event will take place on December 12th at 1PM Eastern and will be live streamed on LVL’s Twitch channel. Six three-player teams will compete in Munich’s BMW Welt stadium in this inaugural competition to raise awareness and funds for the United Nations Population Fund’s Skills for Life programs, which aim to improve education and healthcare for youth in the Caribbean and Latin America. Each team will consist of an esports player (from Cloud9, Fnatic, G2 Esports, and OG), a social media influencer, and a young gamer involved in UN efforts.
Das Race Goal partner Icon Group CEO Thomas Fellger stressed that this was not a one-time event, but rather part of a “long-term partnership” that could aid the UN’s long-term rights initiatives. At the very least, this could add the thrill of real-world elements to an already popular video game format.