The International Olympic Committee is introducing its first Olympic Virtual Series today, starting a month of serious play across video game recreations of baseball, sailing, rowing, cycling, and motorsport.
What Is This New Trend?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will cooperate with five International Sports Federations (IFs) and game distributors to create the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS), an Olympic-authorized occasion for physical and virtual games.
Occurring in front of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Virtual Series(OVS) will start on 13 May, proceeding through to 23 June 2021.
The OVS will prepare the virtual game, e-sports, and gaming lovers from one side of the planet to the other to contact new Olympic crowds while likewise reassuring the improvement of physical and virtual types of sports following the proposals of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020+5.
IOC President Thomas Bach said, “The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports. Its conception is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and the IOC’s Digital Strategy. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”
David Lappartient, Chair of the IOC’s Esports and Gaming Liaison Group (ELG), and President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), said, “On behalf of the ELG, as well as the UCI, I am delighted to be involved in the launch of the first-ever Olympic Virtual Series. Several IFs have well-established virtual sports initiatives; and thanks to the cooperation between the IOC, the IFs, and the publishers, the OVS is an exciting step forward for the virtual sports world and the Olympic Movement”.
Who Will Accompany This?
The accompanying International Federations(IF) and gaming distributors, essential for the Olympic Virtual Series, will be:
– World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) – e-Baseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020, Konami Digital Entertainment
– Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – Zwift, Zwift inc.
– World Rowing – Open format
– World Sailing – Virtual Regatta, Virtual Regatta SAS
– Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) – Gran Turismo, Polyphony Digital
The OVS makes a sage to interface the actual donning world with the virtual and recreation sports gaming local area, furnishing a chance to draw in with the Olympic Movement.
Each IF will offer its relating occasion in an organization that expands online mass cooperation and focuses on inclusivity and interest through the OVS.
The mass-cooperation Series permits members worldwide to contend from home or their preparation offices to produce fervor in the development of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
What Can Be Expected?
All five OVS events will differ in form and concept and will operate via the sport’s respective publisher platform, where participants will be able to take part. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to engage and follow the events on the Olympic Channel.
“It is the first small step into a bigger strategic path, sport simulators are going to be a big part of some athletes’ training methods in the future,” said Thomas Bjørn-Lüthi, an e-sailing expert and commentator.
The COVID-19 lockdown has boosted user engagement with video games and e-sport. Revenues for many gaming companies and platforms have increased during the pandemic. The pandemic is accelerating existing trends within the gaming industry.
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