Olympic Esports Series 2023 to feature Just Dance, Gran Turismo and 7 other Games

Finals will be played over LAN Championship from June 22 to June 25 in Singapore.

Olympic Esports Series 2023 to feature Just Dance, Gran Turismo and 7 other Games
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The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) newest move into esports and the games about its renowned upcoming event been made public. There will be action in nine categories, including Just Dance and Gran Turismo, during the Olympic Gaming Series in 2023.

The two well-known video games have been chosen as the corresponding representations of dance and racing. The subsequent curriculum includes these in addition to, among other things including baseball, chess, and archery.

The competition will conclude in a live, in-person championships that will be held in Singapore from June 22 to June 25 as part of the inaugural Olympic Esports Week 2023, as announced by the committee.

Anyone can choose to compete for the Olympic Esports Series 2023, depending on the title. On April 13th, the creator of Gran Turismo 7 will launch an online time trial on a course dedicated for the competition. The top participants will be given invitations to the Olympic Gaming Week in Singapore. On the other hand, you require an invitation to join in the Just Dance division.

As mentioned, a total of nine games in total received Olympic recognition. The titles of the approved esports games dedicated to categories and the organisation that will oversee them are listed below:

  • Archery — Tic Tac Bow (by World Archery Federation)
  • Baseball — WBSC eBaseball: Power Pros (by World Baseball Softball Confederation)
  • Chess — Chess.com (by International Chess Federation)
  • Cycling — Zwift (by Union Cycliste Internationale)
  • Dance — Just Dance (by World DanceSport Federation)
  • Motorsport — Gran Turismo (by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile)
  • Sailing — Virtual Regatta (by World Sailing)
  • Taekwondo — Virtual Taekwondo (by World Taekwondo)
  • Tennis — Tennis Clash (by International Tennis Federation)

The Olympic Virtual Series has served as the foundation for the IOC's virtual tournament structure. Before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the 2021 tournament attracted more than 250,000 participants from more than 100 nations. The IOC intends to advance the Olympic Movement's support for the development of virtual sports, as outlined in the Olympic Agenda 2020+5, with the Olympic Esports Series 2023. The IOC will continue its partnership with the gaming and esports communities to create new opportunities for competitors and fans.