It’s that time of year again: Farming Simulator esports time. I wrote about the Farming Simulator League Finals Last yearjust in case anyone wasn’t aware there was a real esport where players competitively harvest wheat and haul bales at breakneck speeds in hopes of winning a €100,000 prize pool .
And again, I ask you to watch FSL because, really, it’s a lot of fun! Season 4 of Farming Simulator League kicked off last week as teams battle to become the fastest virtual farmers and qualify for the finals. Here are some recent highlights:
It really feels like a sport, the way they play. There is a pick and ban phase where teams select their heroes (farming gear) and abilities (farming enthusiasts), then two three-player teams compete to harvest, pack, and deliver as much wheat as possible at a barn (with a bonus for delivering grain to a silo as well). There’s plenty of drama along the way, as players rush to claim gear before their opponents can and jump from their tractors and harvesters to run on foot to grab bonuses. These little farmers are always in a hurry!
One of my favorite parts of the sport is that the two teams compete on separate maps, but they can still have an effect on the other team’s progress. If a team uses the bridge that leads to the barn, that same bridge rises on the other team’s map for a few seconds, forcing them to take another path or try to jump the bridge before it gets too high . If you didn’t think watching a tractor cross a bridge could make your heart skip a beat in your throat, and if you’ve never watched in awe as someone tossed a few bales of wheat through an upper barn window, then you have I have never watched farming esports before.
You can read more about Farming Simulator League (which uses Farming Simulator 19, by the way, not the new Farming Simulator 22) on the official site (opens in a new tab)and check out the schedule of upcoming tournaments online here (opens in a new tab). Watch one! You will not be disappointed. You can even decide to put together a team and compete on your own.