Getty Images to be dedicated in-game esports photographers for FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships

Getty Images press release – 30 June, 2020.

Getty Images to serve as the Exclusive Photographic Agency of Gran Turismo’s global lineup of esport events

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and Polyphony Digital Inc., creator of the Gran Turismo franchise, have today announced a deal that will see Getty Images’ world-class motorsport specialist photographers capturing stunning in-game photography from Gran Turismo’s online and live World Tour events. Getty Images will serve as the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.

The new service was debuted during the 2019 season. Getty Images used its expertise in photographing live racing to deliver imagery from inside the digital realm of the Gran Turismo game at Gran Turismo World Tour events at the Nürburgring, New York, Salzburg, Tokyo and Sydney and last year’s World Finals in Monaco in November 2019.

The 2020 FIA Gran Turismo Championships recommenced on April 25th with the first round of Stage 1 of the online season for both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series. The Top 16 Superstars broadcasts feature the best of the racing action from the top competitors in both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series.

By harnessing Getty Images’ global distribution, this partnership aims to bridge the gap between two worlds – virtual and real – to showcase the beauty and exhilaration of simulated racing to a wider global audience. As esports and its surrounding ecosystem continues to see exponential growth and with brands and media around the world catering to a growing community of esports fans and players, Getty Images is once again innovating through visual content and leading the way in sport photography.

“This partnership with Polyphony Digital signifies the next phase of sport photography and the true growth that is occurring across the esports landscape,” said Getty Images Global Head of Content Ken Mainardis. “Getty Images has long been at the forefront of innovating through its sport photography and by creating in-game imagery with expert motorsport photographers, Getty Images is staying ahead of the curve to deliver premium esports content to our customers around the world.”

As the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, Getty Images will distribute innovative still imagery. Esports sponsors and suppliers will benefit from the agreed rights and access to Gran Turismo content while also ensuring media can continue to access editorial coverage via Getty Images.

Founded 25 years ago, Getty Images was the first photo agency to partner with the world’s leading sport governing bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee and the National Basketball Association. Now, as the world continues to evolve, Getty Images is building on its long history of innovating through content, product and licensing with this partnership with Polyphony Digital.  

Getty Images has the largest, most comprehensive sports collection available today, covering more than 50,000 events annually, and partnering with many of the most significant sports leagues and governing bodies in the world.

Imagery from inside the Gran Turismo game can be found here:

Picture credit: FIA Gran Turismo Championship 2020 – Top 16 Superstars Round 2
SARDEGNA, ITALY – MAY 17: (Editors note: This image was computer generated in-game) Jose Serrano of Spain and Subaru in action during the Manufacturer Series Top 16 Superstars Round 2 in the FIA Gran Turismo Championship 2020 at Sardegna Circuit on May 17, 2020 in Sardegna, Italy. (NOTE TO USER – Gran Turismo Sport: TM & © 2017 Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. Developed by Polyphony Digital Inc. Manufacturers, cars, names, brands and associated imagery featured in this game in some cases include trademarks and/or copyrighted materials of their respective owners. All rights reserved). (Photo by Clive Rose – Gran Turismo/Gran Turismo via Getty Images)