I just wanted to give everyone an update regardign our search for a broadcast team.
As some of you know, I have posted about our need and quest for a broadcast team on my personal Facebook page, I Tweeted to Project CARS official account and asked them to help us spread the word, I posted on GT PLanet Forum as well as on the Project CARS official Forum.
Over the past few days, I have taken it one step further...... I reached out via Twitter Private Message to the one and only Bob Varsha. Yes, THE Bob Varsha......
Needless to say, I was a bit stunned by his openenss to the request and his willingness to help. My thinking and hope was that since he is in the business, and since he does give a lot of presentations to broadcasiting students that he might be able to put some of those students in touch with us.
In response to his message, I sent this email to him today:
First, I want to thank you for taking the time to respond to me about this via Twitter on Friday. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised given this is for something most people simply consider “just a video game”.
I am not sure how much you have been following Sim Racing in general, and more specifically eSports, but both are very much on the rise in popularity, as evidenced by the recent event in Las Vegas where FIA Formula E drivers and Sim Racers went head-to-head for a total of $1 Million in prizes.
I am the president of a Sim Racing league (CanAm Virtual Racing League). We are a North American based league that has been around since 2011. We currently have 130 members total, with roughly 1/3rd being active full time. We take our Sim Racing very seriously, and do everything we can, within the limits of the technology and platform, to replicate real world racing as much as possible. In that sense, our approach is somewhat unique and much more “hardcore” compared to others.
Our official league events use Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS as our main platform on PC. We plan to migrate to their upcoming Project CARS 2 release as soon as it is available, as this brings with it enhanced realism in the form of weather and track conditions. We focus primarily on Sportscar racing. Our current season is a multiclass series running LMP cars and GT3 cars. With our planned migration to Project CARS 2 by the end of this calendar year, we will be looking to replicate an IMSA Weathertech style format using LMP2, GTE/GTLM and GT3 cars.
We also field teams in the iRacing.com endurance events, having recent fielded 2 cars in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and will be fielding at least 1 car in the upcoming 12 Hours of Sebring. In order to help promote our league, both in membership as well as potential sponsor support, we are desperately trying to add live stream broadcasts to our series. We currently have the technology and the physical capabilities, but we lack the broadcast expertise to allow us to present “professional” quality broadcasts.
With that in mind, we are hoping to attract 2 or 3 broadcasters to our team in order to help us, but to also allow us to help them. By supporting us with our livestream broadcasts, it would allow them to build their experience and portfolio, help them get recognition, and give them some content that they can point to for future potential employers. Ideally the individuals would have an interest in motorsports in general and in Internet Streaming as a medium.
I know that you have many contacts in the broadcasting industry, and I seem to recall you have given some presentations/talks at schools. I was hoping that perhaps you might have some contacts, or know of some individuals who would be interested in helping us and in turn helping themselves.
If you do know of anyone, please have them contact me directly via email at this address (@) and they can check out our website at http://canamvrl.no-ip.org .
Once again, I want to thank you for your time. I hope to see and hear you back on the racing circuit as well soon. I must say many of us do miss your on air insights into motorsports.
CanAm Virtual Racing League
Hopefully, this will help, but I won't pin all our hopes on it. Please help me spread the word and keep looking. Haivng live streams with broadcast commentary will help us grow the league and generate more interest. It will also help the broadcast team build a portfolio for their future careers if that is their interest.
I will keep everyone updated here if I get any kind of response from Mr. Varsha