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The 2021 Olympic Games will be expanded by one discipline

Olympic Virtual Series: Premiere for eSports at the 2021 Olympics

With the launch of the Olympic Virtual Series (OSV), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken the first big step into the world of eSports. For the first time, eSports competitions will be held at the 2021 Summer Olympics.

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Olympic Virtual Series: Premiere for eSports at the 2021 Olympics

Olympia enters the eSports industry

From its former niche existence, eSports has long since developed into a mass phenomenon that is watched daily by an audience of millions via livestream or in sold-out stadiums. Gamers have to train hard and perform at a high level, both mentally and physically, which is why eSports is now also considered a recognized sport. Even the International Olympic Committee decided to include this sport in the program of the Summer Olympics from July 23 to August 08, 2021. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, it is not yet certain whether the competitions can be held at the planned time.

Olympic Virtual Series: disciplines in Tokyo 2021

There is currently no detailed information about the exact program and the awards. However, the individual disciplines have already been published. IOC head Thomas Bach emphasizes that the competitions were carefully selected and that he does not see COD and Counter Strike games in connection with the Olympic Games for the time being. In his opinion, such games contradict the Olympic values.


The eSports competitions are divided into the following disciplines:

  • Sailing: Virtual Regatta
  • Cycling: Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI)
  • Rowing: Open Format
  • Motorsport: FIA/Grand Tourism
  • Baseball: World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) - eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020
In typical eSports fashion, the Games present their promo trailers for the Olympic Virtual Series

Opportunities for eSports and a look into the future

By adding the Olympic Virtual Series to the Olympic Games, an attempt is being made to mobilize virtual sports, esports and gaming enthusiasts around the world. As a result, a new Olympic target group is to be reached. The president of the eSport-Bund Deutschland (ESBD), Daniel Luther. also highlights the diversity of e-Sports variations and sees new exciting points of contact, such as shooter, sports game or strategy. The ESBD would like to see more prestigious e-Sports titles added in the future.

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