Play the F1 23 Las Vegas Grand Prix during the free play weekend
Image credit: EA Sports

Las Vegas EA Sports Event Kicks Off F1 23 Free to Play Weekend

F1 23

Throughout this weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, F1 23 will be available to play for free, with a major gaming event kicking off proceedings tonight, 15 November.

For the first time since 1982, this weekend sees Formula One return to Las Vegas. With social media posts galore, banners seemingly covering most public buildings around the world and conversations focusing on the event, it seems the marketing budget for the race is truly immense.

Well, that publicity push has transferred to the gaming world. EA Sports announced this week that F1 23 will be available to play for free throughout the Las Vegas GP weekend. The event comes alongside a major price reduction. The whole thing begins tonight, 15 November, with a special kick-off event in the Las Vegas HyperX Arena. Here is all you need to know about F1 23 and its events during the Las Vegas weekend.

Play F1 23 for Free

Yes, prior to the on-track activities getting going this weekend, every F1 fan will get to taste the new Vegas circuit. The Grand Prix venue features in F1 23 and will be a great opportunity for fans to learn the layout before sessions get going on Friday morning. Understanding a circuit can be of help to following a broadcast.

In fact, the game will be available to play for free on all platforms from 16 November (Steam: 6pm UTC) to 20 November (6pm UTC). PlayStation and Xbox races can head to the grid even earlier, with the free play period starting November 15 at 10pm UTC.

For those that do not yet own the game, the free play weekend will also see the game go on sale. Players will be able to get their hands on the title with a 60% price reduction. This is not the first time F1 23 has gone on sale at such a large rate. But it is certainly rare. Clearly then, EA is taking part in the push to hype up the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Vegas Showrun Event

Kicking off celebrations, EA is also organising a major gaming event tonight, 15 November. Utilising the famous HyperX Arena in Las Vegas, an F1 23 event will see celebrities, racers and gamers all compete.

Selection of personalities taking part in the F1 23 Las Vegas Showrun
Selection of personalities taking part in the F1 23 Las Vegas Showrun. Image credit: EA Sports

Fans of racing will recognise the Jamie Chadwick and of course Charles Leclerc. But other names such as American Football star Cameron Jordan and internet personality Yung Filly also fill the entry list.

If an evening of celebrities racing on F1 23 interests you, makes sure to tune in to the F1 YouTube channel tonight. The event livestream begins at 10pm CET, 9pm GMT, 4pm EST, 1pm PT.

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