The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially announced that eSports are coming to the Olympics!
The 2023 Olympic Esports Series is an exciting event that the whole family can enjoy together. For the first time, the series will feature live, in-person finals, giving talented players the chance to advance to the Olympic Esports Finals 2023. Hosted at Singapore’s Suntec Centre from June 22nd to 25th, these thrilling finals will be a major highlight of the newly announced Olympic Esports Week 2023.
Gathering in Singapore for this one-of-a-kind competition, participants will go head-to-head in front of enthusiastic fans, vying for the esteemed title of Olympic Esports Series champion. The (sure to be) electrifying finals will be streamed live on Olympics.com and Olympic social media channels.
“The Olympic Movement brings people together in peaceful competition. The Olympic Esports Series 2023 is a continuation of that, with the ambition of creating more spaces to play for both players and fans of elite competition. We look forward to witnessing some of the world’s best compete on the global stage, as well as exploring together shared opportunities and lessons – across health and wellbeing, training and innovation.”David Lappartient, Chair of the IOC Esports Liaison Group
Building on the success of the Olympic Virtual Series, the IOC’s new competition format aims to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement. The 2021 series, held before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (which where delayed to the pandemic), saw over 250,000 participants from over 100 countries compete.
The 2023 Olympic Esports Series shows how the Olympic Movement, gaming, and esports communities keep working together, creating fun and exciting chances for players and fans of all ages.
The events that will be included are:
- Archery (in partnership with the World Archery Federation, played using Tic Tac Bow),
- Baseball (in partnership with the World Baseball Softball Confederation, played using WBSC eBASEBALL™: POWER PROS),
- Chess (in partnership with the International Chess Federation, played using Chess.com),
- Cycling (in partnership with the UCI, played using Zwift),
- Dance (in partnership with the World DanceSport Federation, played using JustDance)
- Motor sport (in partnership with theFédération Internationale de l’Automobile, played using Gran Turismo).
- Sailing (in partnership with the World Sailing, played using Virtual Regatta),
- Taekwondo (World Taekwondo, played using Virtual Taekwondo)
- Tennis (International Tennis Federation, played using Tennis Clash)
Is it Spelled “Esports” or “esports?”
The correct spelling is “esports” (with no capitalization).
I’m sure more than a few of you are questioning that since I spelled it two different ways in this article. The reason for the difference is that it is spelled Esports when included in the title of an event. Hope that clears it up!
What do you think? Are you going to watch these Olympics esports events? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!
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