The DP World Tour has partnered with virtual reality golf game Golf5 eClub to launch a new tournament in the metaverse to coincide with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the fifth and final Rolex Series event of the season.

The DP World Tour launches a new Metaverse challenge

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Le “DP World Tour Championship Metaverse Challenge” will be open to Golf5 eClub members and can be played from November 10-25, 2022. It will see players compete in a new virtual reality simulation of the final three holes of the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. It is on this same course that the best players in the world, such as Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick, will play from November 17 to 20 to try to win the DP World Tour Championship, which will close the season, and to be crowned winners of the DP World Tour 2022 ranking.

The virtual reality game was developed by AAA Game Studios and can be downloaded through the Oculus app. Spectators attending the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai will also have the opportunity to compete in a dedicated playing area in the Spectator Village.

Speaking about the initiative, Keith Pelley, European Tour Group Managing Director, said: “Golf lends itself perfectly to VR gaming and we are determined to lead the way in bringing high-level professional golf to the metaverse. The team at AAA Game Studios have done an amazing job recreating the final three holes of the Earth Course in what is a truly immersive and realistic experience that will get fans engaged in golf and the DP World Tour Championship from a new way. »

“This experience builds on the success we have already had at the launch of the DP World eTour, the grand finale of which will take place at the DP World Flow Pavilion in Dubai on November 16. These innovations will make the DP World Tour Championship a multi-dimensional spectacle of entertainment – ​​both on and off the course. »

Daniel van Otterdijk, Communications Director of DP World, said: "At DP World, we are exploring how the metaverse can help address real-world supply chain challenges, so it's great to also see virtual reality technology incorporated into golf and the DP World Tour Championship. . We want to be at the forefront of world-class technology and innovation, so seeing this challenge launched by the DP World Tour during one of the biggest weeks on the golf calendar is hugely exciting. We wish all competitors the best of luck and thank our partners for helping to make it happen. »

Antonio Marin, Founder and CEO of AAA Games Studios, added: “We are very excited to partner with the DP World Tour Championship to bring this tournament to life as the world's first in the Oculus Metaverse. Our goal is to grow this partnership with the DP World Tour over the next few years and ensure fans can take part in some of the biggest events on the golf calendar. At GOLF5, we pride ourselves on being the home of authentic golf in the Metaverse and are excited for fans to be able to play the Jumeirah Golf Estates course and the immersive experience we will be providing them with this unique event. »

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