Dmitry Kozko is the CEO of Motorsport Games, a Motorsport Network company, combines innovative and engaging video games with exciting esports competitions and content for racing fans and gamers around the globe.
You’ve been involved in Motorsports for a number of years now, what initially attracted you to this industry?
Since my teenage years, I have loved racing. I remember tinkering with my car to try to squeeze more speed out of it, then racing it. When I had a chance to work in the industry, I couldn’t pass it up.
Motorsport Games focuses on NASCAR games. What can players expect when it comes to realism, and other details from these games?
We cannot release any details on our upcoming NASCAR game at this time, but stay tuned for updates soon! Our goal is to wow our audience and shift gears to scale our other franchises such as BTCC and Le Mans.
Motorsport Games recently completed the acquisitions of KartKraft and Studio397. What does this mean for the future of the company?
We’re thrilled to have added these two uncredited brands to the Motorsport Games family. KartKraft has not only increased the amount of games we have in our portfolio, but also added the very exciting karting discipline. With Studio 397, we are leveraging their best-in-class technology that is applicable in all our future racing games. Not to mention the rFactor2 product – this has incredible potential as we work to evolve the product. So, in short, expect more exciting racing games on more platforms.
Motorsport Games is hosting the NASCAR Heat 5 esports event, Ultimate Summer Showdown, which is a four event esports tournament that began on April 30th and will culminate with a showpiece final on July 22nd. Can you share some details regarding this event and why should players take notice?
The Ultimate Summer Showdown is another opportunity for the NASCAR Heat community to become involved in the high-quality esports events hosted by Motorsport Games. By opening the series up to anyone in the community on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 who qualify, players have the opportunity to compete against some of the best racers on NASCAR Heat 5, including many eNASCAR Heat Pro League drivers and champions. While this series is separate from the eNHPL, it does allow players to showcase their skills ahead of the next season and potentially position themselves to attract the attention of eNHPL teams.
The Ultimate Summer Showdown championship finale will also feature over $30,000 in prize money, with the champions taking home $5,000 each. We have also partnered with BenQ North America, who is providing a pair of MOBIUZ Monitors to the champions, as well as three MOBIUZ Monitors to fans via social media giveaways. The Ultimate Summer Showdown has been a fun and highly competitive way to continue the excitement of NASCAR Heat 5 as we build toward the next game in the NASCAR franchise.
Motorsports Games also recently launched Traxion.gg, a content platform dedicated to the world of virtual motorsport and racing games. What can you tell us about this platform?
Traxion.gg is poised to become the destination for all things virtual racing, across the entire category. That is where we hope our community will interact and engage, as well as race together (or against one another). Traxion.gg is a destination first, and soon an ecosystem for virtual racing.
What’s your vision for the future direction of the company?
Our mission is to spread joy around the world through racing games. This means that we envision creating the best possible racings games for motorsport audiences, of all ages, around the world and beyond. As we get that right, we inspire to appeal to anyone that loves racing and to anyone enjoying good games.
Do you still find time to play games, if yes what games are you currently playing?
To be honest, not as much as I would like to! Lately, the games that I play for testing reasons and to experience what others are doing in our space.
Is there anything else that you would like to share about Motorsport Games?
Motorsport Games aims to become the household brand name for all things virtual racing, starting with creating great games and esport experiences around the world's most renowned motorsport brands. We look forward to delivering fun and exciting experiences to the masses, regardless of which platform they play on or which racing discipline they enjoy. There are a lot of passionate team members here that cannot wait to show the world what we envision the virtual racing ecosystem can be.
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