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‘Gran Turismo’ Among Games in Olympic Competition

  • The International Olympic Committee announced the Olympic Virtual Series.
  • It is a partnership between the IOC and international sports federations.
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The International Olympic Committee announced the Olympic Virtual Series — a partnership between the IOC and five international sports federations that will use video games in competition.

“The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. 

Each federation is aligning with a game that features its sport.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation will use Konami’s “eBaseball Powerful Pro 2020.” The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile will have its participants compete using the hit racing title “Gran Turismo.” 

World Sailing will use a simulator by Virtual Regatta SAS while Union Cycliste Internationale will see races via cycling game “Zwift.” The World Rowing Federation hasn’t revealed its game yet. 

The OVS will run from May 13 until June 23 and serve as a buildup to the Tokyo Games, which begin on July 23, though even that’s been called into question.

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