The Olympics Committee and Esports have always had a difficult relationship with one another, with one pushing mainstream esports titles which are inevitably gory while the other simply refuses, only accepting sports simulators. It seems like we’ve all gotten a little break from the conflict, if only slightly, as esports have been announced for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, to be hosted next summer!
Indeed – if you’ve read this far you’re probably waiting for the one crucial fact – the titles to be involved. No, the titles will not be the heavily mainstream ones such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends, but we do have Street Fighter V and Rocket League on board, as competitors line up for a total prize pool of $500,000. Rocket League is definitely awesome to have at an esports event, as the creative sports simulator is always a blast to watch whereas Street Fighter V is rather a surprise. It’s a violent game – that is the nature of fighter-games; of course, not as gory or explicit as other titles such as Mortal Kombat, but it’s got its own piece of the cake. Seeing the approval of the title by the Olympic Committee is potentially one step closer to seeing larger esports hitting the mainstage within the general world of athletes. The news of these events at the Olympics is possible thanks to the Intel World Open esports tournament, which will be leading up the Tokyo Summer Games as a form of opening ceremony, from the 22nd-34th of July.
We are excited Intel is bringing the Intel World Open esports tournament to Japan in the lead up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. As we explore the engagement between esports and the Olympic Movement we are looking forward to learning from this event and continuing to engage with the passionate esports community from around the world.”Kit McConnell, Sports Director at International Olympic Committee
This seems like another opportunity to take another step forward on its continuous path to global acceptance. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!