Esports at the Olympic has been an ongoing topic for years, and in 2020 Intel will finally make it a reality by hosting an Olympics-backed event with top prizes totaling $500,000.
This is big news for esports, but there are a few important details to clarify:
- This is not an official Olympic event; it’s an International Olympic Committee sponsored event leading up to the Olympics. It will take place on July 22-24 to coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 24.
- The event will feature two games —Street Fighter V and Rocket League. Both games are easy for new spectators to understand while still captivating experienced esports viewers.
- Event winners will each receive $250,000.
Esports viewership has surpassed that of many major sporting events, and viewership of the Intel event may rival the Olympics itself. This could be the start of esports being represented at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. For more information, read the full article at the Esports Observer.