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McLaren explain how they will turn F1 esports players into real-life Formula One drivers

Published: 5/Feb/2019 17:49 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 11:19

by Dan Ciccone


Racing giant McLaren is set to offer talented esports competitors the chance to fill real-life Formula One positions in the future, an opportunity they believe doesn’t exist for professional Call of Duty and FIFA players. 

The company’s director of esports Ben Payne has stressed the importance of preparing the next generation of top racers with driving simulation technology. 

McLaren held their Shadow Projects championship in January, with the winner being recruited to their esports team to continue their development as a potential driver. During an interview with, he explained what the car manufacturer will be doing to develop its esports team in the future and how racing – as an esport – can perhaps offer more than other types. 

McLaren say simulators can help develop the best drivers of tomorrow.

McLaren’s winner of the World’s Fastest Gamer competition Rudy van Buren has been identified as a great example of how “dozens of days” in a simulator can give people the upper hand behind the wheel. 

“It’s not the first rodeo for gamer to racing driver,” he told “GT Academy has done that in the past, so it’s happened, but it’s the first time it’s happened under an F1 brand. 

“When we launched Shadow Projects in July 2018, it was an iteration of that program from our perspective. We wanted to try and find athletes for our esports team.”

Unlike other growing popular esports such as Call of Duty, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite and others, the McLaren gaming chief says they’re “proud” that driving is a niche in the market. He also sees clear differences in not only the opportunities, but the talent it would seem. 

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 “It’s not like they’ll break their fingers if they crash, but it is an endurance test” Payne continued. “If you and I played FIFA for a few hours, we could stop, have a beer and then pick it up again. 

“But, our guys are more athletes than in a number of esports spaces. I know the big esports teams have nutritionists and all that, but I think simulation racing is different.”

Could McLaren’s developments in esports help them compete against Red Bull and other Formula One teams?

A former member of McLaren Shadow, Enzo Bonito, recently beat ex-Formula One racing driver Lucas di Grassi around a track in Mexico – which is another example of how racing esports simulations can put people on a trajectory towards the very top of the actual sport, too. 

Whether or not more and more Formula One drivers will be developed through McLaren’s esports team remains to be seen. But, they are certainly determined to give it a shot. 


Glastrier or Spectrier: Which one should you get in Crown Tundra?

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:21 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:22

by Paul Cot


Glastrier and Spectrier are two new Legendary Pokemon added in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unfortunately, you can only get one of them (at least in one save file), so which one is better and why?

First off let’s look at their typings. Glastrier is a pure ice-type and Spectrier is pure ghost.

Of course, this is somewhat down to preference but when it comes to weaknesses, there’s only one winner. Glastrier is weak to fire, fighting, rock and steel. It is immune against no types and only resistant to ice attacks.

Meanwhile, Spectrier is only weak to dark and ghost attacks. It is immune to normal and fighting, and resistant to bug and poison. In short, Spectrier’s typing is much more favorable.

Calyrex Shadow Rider
Calyrex fusing into its Shadow Rider form…

Glastrier vs Spectrier stats

There’s more to Pokemon than just typings, though. Each of their base stats are as follows:

Glastrier Spectrier
HP 100 HP 100
Attack 145 Attack 65
Defense 130 Defense 60
Special Attack 65 Special Attack 145
Special Defense 110 Special Defense 80
Speed 30 Speed 130

To simplify these stats, Spectrier will provide you with a fantastic fast and strong ghost-type Pokemon. However, while its special attack is massive, it doesn’t have the moveset to take full advantage of it.

Glastrier’s abysmal speed is a problem. Along with its undesirable pure ice typing many trainers won’t be interested in it, and we understand why.

Outside of those bad points though, the rest of it is very impressive. Along with great defense, it has a far better move pool than Spectrier which is very reliant on Shadow Ball.

If you’re interested in competitive battling then you can’t really go against Spectrier. If you’re playing for fun instead, then Spectrier may be the better option.

How to separate Glastrier/Spectrier from Calyrex

In the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC you actually catch Calyrex with either Glastrier or Spectrier together. Respectively, it is Calyrex’s Ice Rider and Shadow Rider fusions forms.

While they do come together, you can separate them to give yourself two Legendaries for the price of one. To do this make sure either of Calyrex’s fusion forms are in your party.

Following that, head over to your inventory and select the Reins of Unity. Give it to the fused Calyrex to separate them. You can rejoin them while they are both in your party by once again selecting the Reins of Unity.

This is a brilliant option to have, although naturally the fusion forms are stronger. Now, you just have to decide which steed you want!