Now that there is esports in Olympics, the International Olympic Committee partnered with Intel– the world’s largest semiconductor company to host the Intel world open esports event, the biggest virtual esports event the world has ever seen.
The esports event was originally scheduled to be held in Katowice, Poland, a month before the 2020 Olympic Games. However, the global pandemic struck which incapacitated the entire world and caused an immediate delay of Intel’s esports world open tournament as well as the Olympic Games itself.
Esports in Olympics 2021
The esports event was scheduled to take place in Katowice, Poland, a month before the Olympics. But the COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruptions in the world and the cancellation of all sporting and esports events for 2020.
Now that things are under control, the Olympic games and the Intel esports world open will be played in 2021.
Marcus Kennedy, General Manager of Intel’s Gaming and Esports Division stated, “We are supremely excited to bring back the Intel World Open as a virtual tournament. We wish to continue raising the stakes for esports. This Intel World Open exemplifies Intel’s global leadership in PC Gaming and Esports while also delivering some of the best tournaments on the world’s biggest sports stage.”
Esports in Olympics prize pool and games
The esports event in the Olympics had a massive prize pool of $250,000 and featured two highly popular multiplayer esports games- Rocket League and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.
More esports events in future Olympics?
The inclusion of esports in this year’s Olympics is just the first to provide a boost for esports events in future Olympic games. As the masses start to acknowledge the competitive spirit that many multiplayer video games hold, we can see more and more games in future Olympic esports events.