In Brief

The UK Government has officially welcomed a gaming "Olympics For eSports"

Touted as ‘the pinnacle of competitive gaming,’ the UK government has recently endorsed a videogame tournament to run alongside the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (though it remains a privately held, nongovernmental affair). With humble beginnings as a two-day pop-up event in Rio, the future of these events will play a more prominent role, coinciding with both the Winter and Summer Olympics in Pyeongchang (2018) and Tokyo (2020) respectively.

The competition will be overseen by the non-profit International eGames Committee (IECG), which will announce advisory boards for each partner country. The committee aims to positively shape the future of competitive gaming by enforcing certain regulations, the likes of which are currently unknown.

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