Should esports be involved with the Olympics?

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Two days before the Olympics opening ceremony in Tokyo, other elite competitors gathered virtually for the closing match of their own event. They weren’t swimming laps or completing intricate gymnastic floor routines. Instead, these players, also ranked at the top of their field, were kicking soccer balls with cars — through the medium of video games as part of the Intel World Open esports tournament.

By most measures, the event was a success. Nearly 11,000 gamers from over 95 countries faced off from June 21 to July 21 for $500,000 in prizes in Street Fighter V and Rocket League, said Sierra Reid, Intel World Open and esports program manager. Esports has a huge fanbase, with one Rocket League Open World bout attracting nearly 300,000 viewers on Twitch, according to the Washington Post

  • Source: CNet
  • August 16, 2021
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