Competitive Farming Simulator is like an agricultural Grand Prix

Throw a spoiler and a sick flame decal on the quiet pastoral work of most farm sims and you get Farming Simulator League, an e-sport where rural machines roar to life and torpedo across barnyards to deliver hay bales while a timer trickles to the last seconds. These heavy, heavy vehicles aren’t quite the smooth hunks of steel you see in racing games, but they’re still capable of barreling across narrow bridges, performing tightly calibrated powerslides, and performing elegant slam dunks of said hay bales straight into the top floor of their sheds.

The latest season of the Farming Simulator League has seen teams harvest portions of golden crops while piloting their tough vehicles with the kind of finesse you’d expect to see in a Grand Prix. Agricultural esports has also seen big brands such as Trelleborg, Corteva and Bednar sponsoring events and participating in their own teams, for example two-time defending champions Team Trelleborg. The league has taken off in Europe (opens in a new tab)with live tournaments taking place around the continent and this season’s World Cup just wrapping up on the weekend of November 19-20. And after a nail-biting five-game showdown with French team New Holland (formerly known as The Fermiers Flamboyants), a team that threatened their dominance in the series of six online tournaments leading up to the World Championship, Team Trelleborg eventually emerged champions of the season, walking away with the € 20,000 in prize money.

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