International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Olympic Esports Week, scheduled for 22-25th June 2023 in Singapore, is one of the biggest esports events on the planet and will now feature Chess and Just Dance.
The event is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore and the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC). Olympic Esports Week will feature sports, panel discussions, educational sessions and show matches.
The International Olympic Committee is planning to expand the game roster to include Chess and Just Dance as reported The Verge. New events for this year’s esports Olympics include archery, tennis and tae kwon do alongside the returning events like cycling, baseball and sailing.
Chess has seen tremendous online growth in recent years, and the game is garnering much support on Twitch. Unsurprisingly, IOC decided to include the game in the esports mix. The highlight of the event will be the first in-person live finals.
Olympic Esports Week’s initial qualifiers from March 1, with the main showdown happening in June. The full program and ticket details will be available in April.
The event was liked all over the world, which can be noted from the fact that the 2021 event attracted over 250,000 participants from over 100 countries. The Olympic Esports Series 2023 will be a landmark in the history of esports and within the Olympic Movement, as laid in the Olympic Agenda 2020+5.
“The Olympic Movement brings people together in peaceful competition. The Olympic Esports Series 2023 is a continuation of that, with the ambition of creating more spaces to play for both players and fans of elite competition. We look forward to witnessing some of the world’s best compete on the global stage, as well as exploring together shared opportunities and lessons – across health and wellbeing, training and innovation.”, said David Lappartient, Chair of the IOC Esports Liasion Group.
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