IOC confirms Singapore as host of first Olympic Esports Week in June 2023

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that its inaugural Olympic Esports Week will acquire position in Singapore in between 22 and 25 June 2023.

The announcement marks the future big step in supporting the advancement of digital sporting activities within just the Olympic Motion and engaging even further with aggressive gamers.

In partnership with the Ministry of Lifestyle, Neighborhood and Youth, Activity Singapore and the Singapore Countrywide Olympic Committee (SNOC), the Olympic Esports 7 days will showcase the best of virtual sports activities – hybrid actual physical and simulated athletics – with the 4-day festival, such as exhibiting the latest systems, panel discussions, education periods and show matches.

The spotlight of the 7 days will be the very first in-particular person dwell finals of the Olympic Esports Collection, a world-wide digital and simulated sports activities competitiveness produced in collaboration with the Intercontinental Federations (IFs) which builds on the successes of past year’s Olympic Digital Sequence. The 2021 series captivated around 250,000 participants from throughout 100 international locations to consider component in competitions in virtual and simulated sports activities which includes baseball, motorsport, cycling, rowing and sailing.

Speaking about the announcement, IOC President Thomas Bach claimed: “The 1st Olympic Esports Week marks an essential milestone in our ambition to support the expansion of digital sporting activities in the Olympic Motion. We believe that the interesting new structure of our virtual sports levels of competition, with dwell finals to be staged for the initially time, is an opportunity to collaborate additional with esports gamers and to build new options for gamers and lovers alike. It is a best opportunity to be partnering with Singapore, which has a background of supporting innovation in the Olympic Motion, hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Video games in 2010, so we are seeking forward to performing collectively carefully.”

SNOC Board member and IOC Vice-President Ng Ser Miang mentioned: “The Singapore NOC shares the Olympic Movement’s ambitions of exploring the progress of virtual sporting activities. Singapore has a track record of properly hosting some of the major gatherings in the virtual athletics and esports calendar – we are honoured to be collaborating with the IOC to provide this shared vision to existence.”

Particulars, such as how to be section of the to start with Olympic Esports Week and Olympic Esports Sequence, will be unveiled in early 2023.