Four years from now, we'll be calling it the eOlympics
eSports are finally coming into their own. Whether it's the new Xbox Live tournament platform, Rocket League Championship Series, or even EA's Competitive Gaming Division, there's no denying that eSports continues to grow. That growth inspired the creation of an international body to organize global events. The International eGames Committee may be new, but it's already putting together a global competition to run at the same time as the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unlike your typical eSports competitions, the IEGC's tournaments won't be competing for cash and corporate sponsorships. Instead, participants will be competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals just like the Olympics.
The committee was launched yesterday during the London Games Festival, but the initiative has been in the works for a long time. The international competitions will take place in Olympic host cities in Olympic years. This means that 2016's initial competition will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2018's competition will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 competition. Participating countries will form a national eTeam of gamers who are at least 18 years old who will play to prove their nation is the best after the Olympics end. To make things a bigger deal, the eGames will be played in arenas that hosted the Olympics. Non-Olympic years will see national qualifier tournaments to determine the members of next year's team.
The International eGames Committee is a non-profit organization with the goal of positively shaping competitive gaming's future. Advisory boards will be created in each participating country to oversee that country's eTeam. This year's competition will be a two-day pop up event in Rio while the Olympics are going to showcase what the eGames are about and hopefully attract additional sponsors to keep the show running. Further details on the 2016 Rio eGames will be announced later this month and in May.