Ubisoft has detailed the new Trackmania World Tour for its 2023 edition which started back in January 2023 and will conclude at the year’s end with the World Championship taking place in Fall 2023. This is a major milestone for the Trackmania eSports scene, and the Trackmania World Tour 2023 will take the game’s competitive scene in a fresh direction with a brand-new format built around two versus two matches.
With this new format, the Trackmania World Tour aims at bringing its existing professional ecosystem while providing exciting new team storylines and challenges as well as a clear path to pro everywhere, for everyone. Ubisoft has scheduled the Trackmania World Tour 2023 as follows:
- Stage 1: From January 21 to March 19, 2023
- All-Stars Championship: April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23
- Stage 2: From April 29 to June 25
- All-Stars Championship: August 27 and September 2 & 3
- World Championship: Fall 2023
In Trackmania World Tour 2023, each stage will include two layers of competition. The Trackmania Grand League will gather the best professional players in Trackmania, and the runners-up will face the Challenge League. Overall, 8 teams will be competing in the Trackmania Grand League, and 8 other teams in the Trackmania Challenger League. Each team is composed of two players and a dedicated streamer.
At the end of each season, a Wildcard system will allow amateur teams to join and compete in the World Championship alongside the top professional teams from the Trackmania World Tour. During each stage, aspiring professional players will have the opportunity to hone their skills through regional tournaments and an in-game matchmaking 2v2 game mode that will follow the same rules, formats, and tracks as the Trackmania Grand League. Those Trackmania World Tour-related events and in-game matches will grant points, which will determine which amateur teams will take part in the Wildcard system.
Matchmaking 2v2 mode has been replaced with the new 3v3 game mode since the start of Stage 1, back on January 21, 2023. TMWT tracks will be available to all highest-ranked players and easier versions of these tracks will be available for high ranks as well. Campaign tracks will remain the Matchmaking standard for the first ranks. Stage 1 tracks have been available since Wednesday, December 7, 2022, in both full and easy versions. For its 2023 edition, Trackmania World Tour is also welcoming its first brand sponsor Kaporal.
Omar Benabdallah, Esports Manager at Ubisoft Nadeo commented:
We’re happy to welcome Kaporal as we enter a new chapter of Trackmania Esports. Through in-game integration, we’re positive this partnership will contribute to make the Trackmania World Tour 2023 even more engaging for our fans, and we can’t wait to kick off our collaboration for the first event of the season on December 17.
Guillaume Ruby, Brand Director at Kaporal also added:
Kaporal is proud to collaborate with Trackmania to share its unique vision with millions of players. At the heart of Kaporal’s DNA, audacity and agility are two qualities that we share with the game’s community. This partnership is only the beginning of our engagement towards players, as we wish to explore gaming and esports even further.