WEDNESDAY, 16th November 2022 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that its inaugural Olympic Esports Week will take place in Singapore between 22 and 25 June 2023. The announcement marks the next major step in supporting the development of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement and engaging further with competitive gamers.
EVENT: Olympic Esports Week 2023
DATE: 22nd to 25th June, 2023
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ESPORTS GAME TITLE(s): To be announced (TBA)
In partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore, and the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC), the Olympic Esports Week will showcase the best of virtual sports – hybrid physical and simulated sports – with the four-day festival, including exhibiting the latest technologies, panel discussions, education sessions, and show matches.
The week’s highlight will be the first in-person live finals of the Olympic Esports Series, a global virtual and simulated sports competition created in collaboration with the International Federations (IFs), which builds on the successes of last year’s Olympic Games Virtual Series. The 2021 series attracted over 250,000 participants from across 100 countries to participate in virtual and simulated sports competitions, including baseball, motorsport, cycling, rowing, and sailing.
Speaking about the announcement, IOC President Thomas Bach said:
“The first Olympic Esports Week marks an important milestone in our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement. 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.”
SNOC Board member and IOC Vice-President Ng Ser Miang said:
“The Singapore NOC shares the Olympic Movement’s ambitions of exploring the development of virtual sports. Singapore has a track record of successfully hosting some of the biggest events in the virtual sports and esports calendar – we are honored to be collaborating with the IOC to bring this shared vision to life.”
Details, including how to be part of the first Olympic Esports Week and Olympic Esports Series, will be revealed in early 2023.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC)
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A truly global organization, it acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all Olympic stakeholders, including the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Worldwide Olympic Partners, and Olympic broadcast partners. It collaborates with public and private authorities, including the United Nations and other international organizations.
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