The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revealed details of the Olympic Esports Series 2023.
The initially confirmed featured games across nine sports are:
- Archery (World Archery Federation, Tic Tac Bow),
- Baseball (World Baseball Softball Confederation, WBSC eBASEBALL™: POWER PROS),
- Chess (International Chess Federation, Chess.com)
- Cycling (UCI, Zwift)
- Dance (World DanceSport Federation, JustDance)
- Motor sport (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Gran Turismo)
- Sailing (World Sailing, Virtual Regatta)
- Taekwondo (World Taekwondo, Virtual Taekwondo)
- Tennis (International Tennis Federation, Tennis Clash)
The Series 2023 begins today, March 1. Players from around the world are invited to take part in qualifications, which will continue until March 15.
The Finals of the Olympic Esports Series will take place at Singapore's Suntec Centre from 22 to 25 June.
"This evolved format of the IOC’s virtual competition builds on the successes of the Olympic Virtual Series. The 2021 series, which took place ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, attracted over 250,000 participants from across 100 countries to take part in competitions. The Olympic Esports Series 2023 marks another step in supporting the development of virtual sports within the Olympic Movement, as laid out in Olympic Agenda 2020+5, and continues its collaboration with the gaming and esports communities to create new opportunities for players and fans alike," noted the IOC statement.
Among the disciplines proposed by the IOC, there are no popular CS: GO, Valorant, League of Legends, Dota 2, Rocket League, or other similar games.