The IOC will organize an Olympic week of esports in Singapore

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The IOC will organize an Olympic week of esports in Singapore

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) continues its long phase of discovery of electronic sport. After having addressed the subject at several summits, organized working groups or even a dedicated forum, associated competitions with the various editions of the Olympic Games with its partner Intel or installed the “Olympic Virtual Series” on several “virtual sports” (video games and sports simulations, mainly physical like Zwift for example) on the sidelines of Tokyo 2020, the organization formalized this Wednesday the first “Olympic week of esports”, in Singapore, next summer.

This announcement marks a new step forward in supporting the development of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement, and in the commitment to competitive players », can we read in a press release from the IOC. From June 22 to 25 and like the Olympic Virtual Series, Singapore will therefore host virtual competitions in cycling, baseball, sailing, motor sports and others, organized in collaboration with various international federations, but should also make room for a few games. popular esports for a series of demonstrations.

The International Olympic Committee’s “virtual sports” tournaments before the Tokyo Olympics had, according to the organization, attracted more than 250,000 participants. But the meeting had not met with media success, the finals being very little watched, on games that are not part of the main disciplines of esport (unlike League of Legends, counter strike, Rocket League…). For years, the IOC seems to not really know how it wants to address issues related to esports and tries different approaches.

In addition to competitions and demonstrations, round tables and exchanges on these subjects will be organized in Singapore. More details will be communicated in early 2023. A year when esports will officially become a medal-winning discipline at the Asian Games.

Thomas Bach, IOC President “The first Olympic Sports Week is proof of our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic movement. We believe that our new competition format, with physical finals, is an opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with esports and create new opportunities for players and fans. »

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