In line with the International Olympic Committee’s goal to “encourage the development of virtual sports and further engage with video gaming communities,” the Olympics will be getting its first ever gaming series this year. Dubbed the Olympic Virtual Series, it will feature five virtual versions of Olympic sports in a separate event, which will take place before the actual Olympics kick off in July.
Sadly the Olympics hasn’t included esports like DOTA or CS:GO on its roster, and many of the top-name sports sims are missing from the line-up as well. The event does include Konami’s eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 in collaboration with the World Baseball Softball Confederation, fitness app Zwift partnering with the Union Cycliste Internationale, and Virtual Regatta paired with World Sailing.
The biggest name on the list is Gran Turismo, who have partnered with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile for the competitive event. Also included is rowing, which is listed as “open format” instead of naming a publisher and a game, presumably meaning participants will just be using a standard rowing machine.