The march of approaching video games and eSports at the Olympic Games has taken another important step forward, which surely will not be decisive, but which may represent a hope for the future, not even too remote.
Intel has organized an important tournament with prize money of $500,000, which will take place at the Zepp DiverCity Music Hall in the Japanese capital, just in the days immediately preceding the start of the 2020 Olympics, and which will, therefore, allow players to breathe in some way. air of the Olympic Village.
This is the Intel World Open, which will include two competitions, one concerning Street Fighter V and one concerning Rocket League, for which two prizes of $250,000 are expected. The titles were chosen both for the ease with which the public can follow the action on the screens and for the great popularity of Street Fighter on Japanese soil.
The qualifications to compose the teams of the various national teams will be held in June in Katowice, Poland, before the official tournament in Japan in July 2020.
The history of eSports with the Olympics is rather stormy. Despite being officially included in the 2022 Asian Games, and the optimism of some members of the Olympic Committee, IOC President Thomas Bach has always declared himself against their inclusion in the Olympics.
A recent opening at a StarCraft tournament held last year before the Winter Games, however, and this same tournament scheduled just before the Summer Olympics, however, could bode well. We’ll see.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin on 24 July 2020, the same date on which the official video game for the 2020 Olympics will be released.