The International Olympic Committee has added Fortnite to its Esports series, which already includes nine games matching real-world sports run by international federations.
The esports finals will be held in Singapore from June 22-25, with Fortnite Sports Shooting matches scheduled for June 24. The competition will be an engaging event featuring dozens of players from the Fortnite Champion Series, who will compete in an FPS-supported sniper competition on a private Fortnite island. The island will be designed to reflect sport shooting competitions, and players will be tested on how accurate their aim is.
Real global competition
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has opened ticket sales for Olympic Esports Week in Singapore, at S$10 ($7.50 USD) for one day or S$20 ($15) for all three days of competition.
The IOC sees the inclusion of Fortnite as part of a larger effort to encourage esports and connect with the gaming community.
The Electronic Sports Series is a global virtual sports competition and simulation created by the International Olympic Committee, in collaboration with international federations and game publishers. The best players will compete in live and in-person finals at the eOlympic Games Finals in Singapore.
Attracting a reluctant audience to Olympic competitions
The addition of Fortnite to the Esports Series aligns with the IOC’s goals for esports. The committee considers it “peaceful competition” with a physical equivalent, and the inclusion of Fortnite is likely to attract an audience that would otherwise be uninterested in traditional esports tournaments.
The esports finals will be broadcast globally on Olympics.com and the Olympics social media channels. Fortnite joins archery, baseball, chess, cycling, dance sports, motorsports, sailing, taekwondo, and tennis in the Olympic esports series.
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