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Get ready for the Olympics Virtual Series, we don’t have video games in the Olympics but we may soon have them.
The International Olympic Committee on Thursday announced its plans to include five esports events ahead of the Summer Games in Tokyo this year. The Olympic Virtual Series will include competitions in auto racing, baseball, cycling, rowing, and sailing.
Keeping in mind the growing digital engagement and encouraging the development of virtual sports, the IOC panel has laid a roadmap with the future in mind.
IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement said- “The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”
How will the Olympics Virtual Series be conducted?
The IOC will work in coordination with the sports IOC recognized international federation and the corresponding game publisher.
- Contestants will play Gran Turismo for Auto Racing, as agreed with Sony subsidiary Polyphony Digital and International Automobile Federation (FIA).
eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 will be presented by World Baseball Softball Confederation and Konami Digital Entertainment.
- For the Cycling event, the International Cycling Union (UCI) is working with Zwift Inc for using the popular Zwift program.
- World Sailing has opened a partnership with Virtual Regatta SAS. Virtual Regatta is known for its simulators. According to the IOC, there will be an open format for the World Rowing Federation.
It is not clear if the winners of these esports events will receive Olympic medals. Though there will be prizes of some sort for the Olympics Virtual Series. We can expect to hear more news related to this in the near future.
We all have been expecting the inclusion of video games in the Olympics since 2017. With many other sports federations showing interest in the Olympics Virtual Series, we can expect to see FIFA, as well as other sports such as basketball, tennis, and taekwondo catching up.
Coming back to the real world, we will get to see Breakdancing making its debut at Paris Olympics 2024. Keeping the young audience in mind we already have a few such as skateboarding, surfing.
This news is certainly a boost for all esport fans and players alike. The Tokyo Olympic 2020 will commence from July 23 to Aug. 8 2021 after being postponed due to Covid-19 and the Olympics Virtual Series will start from May 13 to June 23, 2021.