Olympic Sports Week 2023

Right after hosting the biggest DotA 2 competition, The International 11, Singapore is once again bound to host another major event – The Olympic Esports Week 2023.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced the details of the first-ever Olympic Esports Week. Together with the Ministry of Culture, Community of Youth, Sport Singapore, and the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC), IOC will conceive the first Olympic Esports Week. This event will showcase a series of competitions in various virtual sports, may it be hybrid physical or purely simulated sports. Furthermore, Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC said that the birth of the first Olympic Esports Week marks the full recognition of Esports as part of the Olympics.

 “The first Olympic Esports Week marks an important milestone in our ambition to support the growth of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement. We believe the exciting new format of our virtual sports competition, with live finals to be staged for the first time, is an opportunity to collaborate further with esports players and to create new opportunities for players and fans alike. It is a perfect opportunity to be partnering with Singapore, which has a history of supporting innovation in the Olympic Movement, hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, so we are looking forward to working together closely.” – IOC President Thomas Bach said during the announcement.

Olympic Esports Week 2023 details

Olympic Sports Series 2021
Olympic Sports Series 2021 games, Photo Courtesy of Esports.net
  • The first-ever Olympic Esports Week will be held in Singapore.
  • The event will be in a 4-day festival from June 22 to June 25, 2023.
  • This will be an in-person finals competition of the virtual games highlighted in the Olympic Sports Series last year, 2021.
  • Some of the virtual and simulated games that were highlighted in that series were baseball, motorsport, cycling, rowing, and sailing.
  • Further details such as guidelines on how to be part of the event will be announced early next year, 2023.
  • The announcement of the venue will also follow afterward.
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Esports is a rapidly growing industry and the virtual era is already on the rise

Since the inception of the idea of Esports, the rise and popularity of this industry has been going through the roof. Not only are we dwelling on video games that turned to the professional stage, but we are now also experiencing physical sports being simulated in virtual reality by non-athletes.

People who weren’t gifted the physical attributes to play baseball, bike race, sailing, and other sports can now compete professionally – even in the Olympics – because of Olympic Esports Week. While it may have some consequences to the real thing, Esports may be the solution for the next generation’s youth to be more attracted to sports.

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Sources: International Olympic Committee
John Micheal (sometimes called JM or Mike) has been writing various types of professional articles for almost 2 years now. He is an avid sports fan and has been following the NBA since the early 2000s. He also loves playing a lot of video games like DotA 2, Valorant, but MMOs have a special places in JM's heart. Not only is he a huge fan of basketball and video games, he also loves movies and tv shows. He is a huge MARVEL and MCU fan plus he is into a lot of superhero stuff.