In the middle of November, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the first-ever Olympic Esports Week will be held in Singapore next year. This comes following a partnership between the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Sport Singapore.
This four-day-long event will be held from June 22nd, 2023 to June 25th, 2023. It will all lead up to the first-ever in-person live finals of the Olympic Esports Series, which has been described as “a global virtual and simulated sports competition” created with help from the International Federations (IFs).
“The first Olympic Esports Week marks an important milestone in our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “We believe the exciting new format of our virtual sports competition, with live finals to be staged for the first time, is an opportunity to collaborate further with esports players and to create new opportunities for players and fans alike. It is a perfect opportunity to be partnering with Singapore, which has a history of supporting innovation in the Olympic Movement, hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, so we are looking forward to working together closely.”
According to Forbes, it sounds like these events will be open to anybody. Details regarding the Olympic Esports Week and the Olympic Esports Series will be revealed early next year.
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