A Complete List of Olympic Esports Games
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Olympic Esports Series Games (2023)
The Olympic Committee recently announced the “Olympic Esports Series 2023,” a global virtual and simulated sports competition in collaboration with International Federations and respective game publishers. The Olympic Esports Series is open to everyone, with players taking part in qualification rounds. The shortlisted finalists will face each other at the Suntec Centre in Singapore from June 22 to June 25, 2023.
In an attempt to maintain the integrity of the Olympic Games, the committee has chosen nine titles for the Esports Series, all of which are digital counterparts of the physical sport. This includes mobile games for tennis and archery, along with virtual games for taekwondo and cycling, among others. The complete list of Olympic Esports Series 2023 Games is as under:
Tic Tac Bow (Archery)
Tic Tac Bow boasts everything seen in a free-to-play game: in-game coin purchases, random drops, daily log-in bonus, and more. It’s only available on Android right now and will be coming to iOS really soon. This game is curated by the World Archery Federation. They are the international federation for the Olympic sport of archery.
WBSC eBASEBALL: Power Pros (Baseball)
WBSC eBASEBALL: Power Pros esports is curated by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the world governing body for the game of Baseball, Softball, and Baseball5. It will be interesting to see how many gamers pick up their controllers to compete in the Olympic Esports Series Game.
It has leaderboards, tutorials, a ranking system, and an overwhelming community of passionate chess players. Over the years, this platform has gained popularity thanks to popular chess streamers. The International Chess Federation, the governing body for the game, will curate the esports matches.
Zwift cycling is already a popular game that’s competitively played in numerous parts of the world, and it will now be part of the Olympic Esports Series 2023. Union Cycliste Internationale, the governing body for cycling events around the world will oversee the event.
This game’s esports rounds will be curated by the World DanceSport Federation, a governing body responsible for the DanceSport and Para DanceSport.
Gran Turismo (Motor Sport)
Now, the Olympic Committee has not mentioned which edition of Gran Turismo is being considered for the esports games. We guess they will be picking the latest Gran Turismo 7 as the title for the event. Nevertheless, the games will be curated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the organization responsible for motor car usage around the world. Also known as FIA, they oversee sports such as F1 and more.
Virtual Regatta (Sailing)
The esports aspects of the game are overseen by the World Sailing, a body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the Olympics.
Virtual Taekwondo (Taekwondo)
Tennis Clash (Tennis)
International Tennis Federation, the governing body for tennis matches worldwide, will oversee the esports matches for the game during the Olympics Esports Series 2023.
Olympic Esports Series 2023 Game Lineup Raises Questions
In an era where competitive online games are available in abundance, the game lineup introduced by the Olympics for their esports series is disappointing.
In an era where games like Counter-Strike, DOTA2, Street Fighter 5, and League of Legends, among others, have established themselves at the forefront of competitive esports titles, it raises questions on what basis these titles were decided for the Esports Series. One might argue that these games were chosen to mimic the real-life sports featured in the Olympics and for accessibility. At the same time, popular esports titles not only make phenomenal stage events, but they already have a strong pro-player presence. Well, it raises even more questions when Asian Games, a similar global event, has a better lineup of esports titles compared to the Olympics pick.
The game selection here feels out of touch, seemingly selected by the Olympics authorities and governing bodies without much thought and research into the esports scene worldwide. Hopefully, the Esports Series by the Olympics opens up more avenues for actual esports titles to hold the grand stage in the future. What do you think of the Olympics Esports Series game lineup for 2023?
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